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(revised 09/17/2018)
 
 
General Information
 
Nielsen Ratings: number 63 (of 96) on the TV series hit list.
 
This season is produced by yet a new crew again. JERRY THORPE serves as executive producer, JOEL SURNOW as co-executive producer; ROBERT COCHRAN is the new (executive) story editor and also writer of a few episodes.
VICTORIA LaFORTUNE, who has been associate producer since the show's inception, now becomes coordinating producer, which is still a merely technical job without any connection to the storylines. JOANNE BROUGH is asked to stay and gets a deal as consulting producer, but will have no influence on the program anymore according to her own statement because the new crew will constantly ignore her advice.
This junk season will inevitably lead to the series' ruin (details here).
 
Many interior sets are in very shrill colors this year. There is a predominance of intense yellow, blue and dark red colors. Most interior sets also look very cheap, especially the first floor of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion and Richard's house.
 
This season, not a single scene is filmed in the Napa and Sonoma Valleys.
 
 
# 206 <9.01> The Price of Freedom
 
According to a CBS press release, LEO PENN was the original choice as the director of this season's opening episode. Executive producer JERRY THORPE, however, took over this duty himself on very short notice.
 
This episode, there is no recap before the main title to remind the audience of the events of the previous season. The following episodes, however, will usually contain a short recap of the past episode.
 
In this episode's teaser before the main title, Jorge, the boy in the vineyard, leads Lance to a dead female falcon ("the señora") - a symbol the old show is gone. Contrary to popular myth, this female falcon is not Lance's male falcon, Apollo. It remains a mystery what has become of Apollo since the animal was last seen in season 3.
 
The filming location is a growing field at Lincourt Vineyards in Solvang, CA (Santa Ynez Valley) - pretty close to the driveway at the intersection of Alamo Pintado Road and Adobe Canyon Road. The background picture on DANA SPARKS' and DAVID BEECROFT's main title cards in season 8 was already shot there (compare # 184).
 

The picture of LORENZO LAMAS is specifically filmed for the current version of this season's main title.
For the other actors' pictures in the main title, especially those coming from various scenes, see the information listed in the respective episodes.

 
The shot of Angela, triumphant in her study, in this season's current main title (right screen capture) is an unused wide angle shot of a scene in # 169. That episode only featured a closer shot (left screen grab).
 

The filming location for the vineyard towards the end of the main title (PHIL PARSLOW's credit) is the Star Lane Vineyard of the Dierberg Vineyard company in Lompoc, CA (filmed in northwestern direction).

 
Series time frame:
Apparently, a few months must have gone by since the season 8 finale (04/15/1989; see # 205) - especially considering Richard's trial took place in the meantime.
As it can be concluded from the scene with Lance and Pilar in the vineyard, the 1989 grape harvest has not taken place yet. Giving respect to the fact that # 207 (see there) closes on Friday, 09/15/1989, the current episode most likely depicts the events around the first or second week of September 1989.
 
The new season does not continue plotlines from season 8 although they were not finished:

  • Christopher Harris' death is not mentioned again.
  • A particularly bad inconsistency is the fate of Nick and Ben Agretti, who are not mentioned at all in the final version of this episode. The original script had Frank say that he got a postcard from Nick and Ben from France, though - after Anna's body was exhumed in Italy, Nick was cleared, and he and Ben went traveling. That sentence (Frank and Angie in the jeep) was taken out of the final editing on film.
  • It also remains unanswered what happened to Tuscany Hill after Nick had left the valley. - Did he sell his half of the vineyard to Lance?
  • Emma's explanation that Daniel, when his latest book was rejected by his publisher, started drinking, gambling and battering her was mostly omitted in the final version.
  • Strangely enough, Richard was convicted of several white-collar crimes, including fraud, stock market manipulations and tax evasion, but not of kidnapping Angela, etc.
  • What happened to Channing Enterprises, especially the New Globe (compare 210)? Thinking of its many assets, it seems rather unbelievable that it might have gone bankrupt just because of Richard having invested a lot in Glenbraddoch stock in the previous season. - Another inconsistency in that context: This episode says Richard is bankrupt. But if this is true, where did he get the money for Maggie's ring from?
  • Another loose end is what happened to the construction site of the Glenbraddoch Winery. As the huge industrial complex will never be mentioned in season 9, it seems obvious that, due to the bankruptcy of the Glenbraddoch Corporation, the project must have been discontinued. But was the site sold and maybe converted into vineyards again?
 

The scene with Frank and Angie in his jeep is obviously not an exterior scene, but is filmed on the sound stage using blue screen technique with vineyard footage from the wine growing area around Lompoc, CA in the background.

 
In this and the following episode, all exterior scenes of the penitentiary where Richard is imprisoned as well as some interiors - processing room and corridor, cell block, dining room and light panel - are portrayed by a real prison, the Wayside Honor Rancho, a part of the Wayside Maximum Security Facility (nowadays Pitchess Detention Center - North Facility of the North County Correctional Facility) in Castaic, CA.
 

The tailor shop at the prison is portrayed by the paint shop in the Mill at CBS-MTM STUDIOS.
All other interiors of the prison (delousing room, Richard's cell, visiting room and conjugal room) are sets on sound stage 10.

 

GREG COLLINS, the actor who plays Wyzanski, one of the prison guards, in this and the next episode, also portrayed Riebmann's security guard in season 4 and a Del Oro security guard in season 8 (compare # 190).

 
Mistake: Richard's left hand is in different positions in subsequent frames - first a good distance away from the tray, then touching the corner of the tray. Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
Strange: Where does Maggie live now?
The Channing den seems very similar to the study at the ranch featured in season 8 (the shape of the room and the fireplace, even its decoration with two golden lions, is the same), but a modified hallway and a new entrance was added to that set. Is it just a similar room in a small house or is it really supposed to be the ranch? The bedroom (compare # 207) also seems to be the same one as in season 8. In # 205, Maggie agreed to move back to the ranch. Script # 206 only says "Channing House", exactly as in season 8. But in the following episodes, the new home rather seems to be a small cottage. Besides, the pool is different from the one at the ranch (compare # 171).
The season 9 bible, however, clarified for # 207: "Richard returns home to the house he shared with Maggie", i.e. the ranch.
 

Striking: SUSAN SULLIVAN changed her hairdo drastically over the hiatus.

 
When Richard talks to Julius, he mentions several real life names - partly product placement:
Sharpe's office is said to have been designed by star architect I.M. PEI.
Sharpe is said to wear suits by the Italian fashion house BRIONI.
Original pictures by ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG (American pop artist) and JACKSON POLLOCK (American abstract expressionist) are said to be on his office walls.
 
Inside joke: The character name of Michael Sharpe is an ironic portmanteau of two real names: The first name is "borrowed" from MICHAEL MILKEN, a controversial American investment dealer; the last name from W.S. SHARPE, a renowned MBA, who invented the "capital asset pricing model", a stock market theory he won the Nobel prize for.
Real life allusions: The character of Michael Sharpe and the Richard Channing / Michael Sharpe investment crimes storyline is an allusion to the white-collar crimes of MICHAEL MILKEN and his cohorts. - The MILKEN name is even mentioned explicitly by Michael Sharpe when he talks to Richard in the penitentiary; also the "junk bonds" are referred to by Michael Sharpe - a special kind of high yield debt invented by MILKEN in real life.
Background: During the 1980's, MICHAEL MILKEN greatly expanded the use of high yield debt, otherwise known as junk bonds, in corporate finance and acquisitions, which fueled the 1980's leveraged buyout boom. In 1986, the SEC (Securities & Exchange Commission) conducted investigations about an insider trading ring of professionals working at a number of Wall Street firms, which had apparently been formed by DENNIS LEVINE, another investment banker, and also lead to a collaboration with MILKEN. In late 1988, New York District Attorney RUDOLPH GIULIANI (later the NYC mayor) charged MILKEN with 98 counts of various white-collar crimes. The investigation was greatly supported by IVAN BOESKY, an associate of MILKEN's, who had agreed to cooperate with the authorities to save his own butt. Indicted by a federal grand jury, MILKEN pled guilty to a very small portion of the original charges in a plea bargain. He was sentenced to ten years in a minimum-security facility - a term later reduced to 22 months.
The parallels in the Channing / Sharpe storyline are obvious: By and large, the crimes Richard is convicted of match the ones MILKEN was charged with. Richard being sent to a real penitentiary rather than a "country club prison" (according to the judge) is a sarcastic allusion to MILKEN being sent to a minimum-security facility. Richard's plea bargain to be released from prison sooner alludes to BOESKY's cooperation with the D.A. and SEC.
 
Product placement: Michael Sharpe uses a Power Putty, a silicone rubber ball, to strengthen the muscles of his hand. His Power Putty is medium soft (light green), a mid-level resistance.
 
Editing mistake: In the scene with Julius Karnow in Sharpe's office, the electronic board shows the message "35% pre-tax" in the wide angle scene first, but it says "$ 0.44" in the close-up of Julius in the very next moment.
 
Changes in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion interior set:
The first floor - except the study - was partly refurnished and repainted: yellow paint instead of blue wallpapers; as for the foyer, where the octagon carpet is back again (compare # 193), refer to the screen capture from the following episode. The stained glass window above the door from the kitchen hallway to the sun room is much brighter and shinier because there seems to be some light behind it now.
There is no reason to be seen for the renovation in the first floor during the hiatus. The latest renovation remains a mystery giving respect to the fact Angela had everything redecorated just after the fire last season.
 
Mistake: During Angela's conversation with Gus Wallach in her study in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion, the phone on Angela's desk is not in the same place in all the frames - without being touched during the scene. - The prop masters were not too careful during the various takes of the scene; neither were the editors when they combined the various versions that were filmed.
 
Original casting plans: Before JOHN DIEHL got the part of Gus Wallach, STUART PANKIN was cast, but the producers finally chose to use him in the upcoming rôle of Jason Sampson.
 
Kevin is no longer played by BRANDON KASPER, but portrayed by JESSE STOCK this season.
 
Real life allusion: One of the prison guards mentions JOHNNY CASH.
 
Deleted scene: Removed in post-production was a scene with Gus Wallach keeping a surveillance eye on Pilar in downtown Tuscany, where she comes out of the bank (filmed on My Three Sons Street on the CBS-MTM backlot, including office building 5). It would have been interesting to see if that building was propped as the Tuscany Interstate Bank again.
 
Lance has a new silver Mercedes-Benz SL 500 convertible now.
 
The filming location for the vineyard scene with Lance and Pilar is close to the family home of Lincourt Vineyards in Solvang, CA (Santa Ynez Valley); details see above. In Lance's close-up, the rectangular pavilion, which is actually situated right next to the Lincourt residence, is visible on the far right of the frame.
 

Product placement: Michael Sharpe drinks Perrier mineral water.

 

The hot dog stand where Sharpe and Chalo meet is an exterior set built in front of CBS-MTM office building 5 (which was used as Tuscany Interstate Bank in season 8).

 
The scene with Lance and Pilar in the Del Oro steam room is another proof for the new sex & crime format of the series. This scene was like a revolution on the most conservative CBS TV network in the late 1980's. In those days, the people in charge even spoke of it as the most intensely erotic love scene ever filmed for network television.
 
Fictional entity: Jane Callendar, Sharpe's tax lawyer, is staying at Betsy's Motel.
 
The exterior filming location is the front of bungalow 10 facing St. Elsewhere Street on the backlot of CBS-MTM STUDIOS (nowadays CBS STUDIO CENTER). The bungalow's "other" front facing My Three Sons Street was utilized for other purposes, e.g. in # 210 (compare there). This part of the backlot was remodeled in the 1990's.a small structure with semicircular arches next to the Wardrobe Department and behind bungalow 10 on St. Elsewhere Street on the CBS-MTM backlot.
 
The shot of Sharpe in his limo in this season's current main title (right screen capture) is the unused final part of the scene near the hot dog stand in this episode (left screen grab).
 
Frank lists a bunch of real life tennis professionals he played with, e.g. KEN ROSEWALL, FRANKIE SEDGEMAN, TONY TRABERT and LEW HOAD.
 
Pilar confesses she was involved with Richard once, but before her marriage with Lance. - Their affair must have been in 1986 because it was revealed in # 194 that Richard had saved Glenbraddoch from a hostile takeover at that time and must have gotten to know Pilar. Their affair can hardly have been at a later time because this would seem most unbelievable as Richard madly fell in love with Maggie later in 1986.
 
Pilar mentions visiting Tommy and Kelly; she obviously survived the accident in Lake Tahoe, and they are living together now. - Amazing that the writers mention those characters although they completely ignore any other part of the show's history.
 
It seems strange that Sal is so surprised to see Richard in the prison tailor shop in the morning. If the explosion had worked out the way Sal planned, he would have heard of it.
 

Richard's ride in the police car is obviously a blue screen technique. - It is the very same shot of the road as seen through the window of the limo in the scene with Emma and the Habermans in # 171 (see there) and in Rosemont's limo in # 181 (see there).

 
Five of Richard's toy soldiers were dropped into the Channing pool.
There are two editing mistakes in Maggie's desperate struggle - a montage of various takes of that scene:
The position of the soldiers on the pool ground as seen from above is slightly different from their position when the camera features Maggie coming into the frame to get them.

When Maggie drops the soldiers, the next camera perspective is from behind her; the soldiers are nowhere in the frame, but they are in the following frame.

 

The courthouse is portrayed by the southern entrance of the CBS-MTM administration building again. For the extensive use of this building, also refer to # 074.

 
Except the final part with the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion (a reused 1983 clip, which has been in use in the main titles since season 3), the end credits are superimposed over footage from the Santa Ynez Valley.
 
The first segment is an aerial view of the main vineyard and barrel room of Lincourt Vineyards in Solvang, CA. For season 8, the final part of this clip was used on DANA SPARKS' and DAVID BEECROFT's main title cards. The footage in the current end credits is an earlier part of that helicopter view.
 

The second end credits segment is an aerial view of the Stolpman Vineyards on Ballard Canyon Road in Solvang, CA (the northern part of the vineyard filmed in northeastern direction with a row of trees along Tapadero Road in the background).

 

The third end credits segment is also an aerial view of the Stolpman Vineyards on Ballard Canyon Road in Solvang, CA (approximately over the center part of the vineyard, filmed in northeastern direction).

 

The fourth end credits segment features Lincourt Vineyards from segment 1 again, now straight from above.

 
The fifth segment of the end credits is a later part of the aerial view over the vineyard of Stolpman Vineyards on Ballard Canyon Road in Solvang, CA, which is known from segments 2 and 3; it is near the center of the vineyard, quite similar to segment 3, but a little further in northwestern direction.
The actual order of the footage from Stolpman Vineyards as filmed from the chopper would be: segments 3 - 2 - 5. By cutting the whole sequence in parts and rearranging, the editors created the illusion of many different vineyards.
 
 
# 207 <9.02> Charley
 
In the recap, Sharpe's line in the scene with Chalo is longer than in the previous episode where he just said: "Channing cannot testify." This episode, he adds: "Take care of it by Tuesday." - This sentence was edited in # 206 to remain in the usual time frame for the episode.
 

The recap features a close-up of Maggie fighting for her life in the swimming pool. That particular shot was not used in the scene in # 206.

 

Slight main title change compared to # 206: The falcon coat of arms with the previous lettering is now in use again. - The audience responded with shock and protest to the main title in the season première.

 
Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion set - inconsistency: When the family gets into the limousine, it becomes apparent that nobody has to step down from the veranda. The reason is that the current Mansion set, which has been in use on stage 10 at CBS-MTM STUDIOS (nowadays CBS STUDIO CENTER) since season 4 and which includes both the interiors and the veranda, has no stairs at all, but has been built at ground level.
This was different in the previous Mansion set, which was built at THE BURBANK STUDIOS (WARNER BROS. STUDIOS) for the first three seasons; there used to be two steps (instead of three steps as in the real Villa Miravalle) up to the veranda (compare # 040). While the current set contains further details (e.g. the tile pattern in the entryway, compare # 088 in particular), the steps were dropped.
However, some rarely used other Mansion sets built outside the sound stages are different again. In # 120 (see there), parts of the veranda set were taken to the Will Rogers State Park and contained a few steps. In # 209 (compare there), 210, 213 and 215, there were also three steps in the set, which was the specifically redressed Walton House at WARNER BROS. STUDIOS. This set was not identical with the usual veranda set on the sound stage.
 
The gate pillars on the driveway near the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion - as # 213 will show, near the pond - are different props from the ones known from # 186.
 
The filming location for that driveway is the road to the Heavenly Pond in Franklin Canyon in Beverly Hills, CA.
 
It seems rather odd how the new writing staff turned the characters' features around. When Charley appears for the first time, Angela - as known from the old days - would rather have had Lance or Frank remove the intruder from the limo.
 
The identification code of the vehicle of the Security Sheriff taking Richard to the church is 2047.
 
TED MARKLAND, the actor who plays the guard this episode, portrayed the owner of a Tuscany Valley roadhouse in season 1.
 

The church in Tuscany where Maggie's funeral service takes place was already used in seasons 5 (compare # 099 and the background picture on KEN OLIN's main title card) and 6 (see # 153). - It is the Church of Our Saviour in San Gabriel, CA in real life.

 
Product placement: Michael Sharpe mentions the Newsweek magazine.
 
LORIMAR hiring too few extras for this episode, director REZA BADIYI has to have the church scene shot from different angles with the position of all the extras constantly being rearranged from the left side of the aisle to the right one over and over again to create the illusion the whole church is full of mourners.
 

The funeral service in the church was a much longer scene in the beginning. It also included Father Bob kissing Maggie goodbye in her open casket; the publicity photo was taken during the shooting of that scene. But the scene had to be edited as there was too much film for the one-hour program.

 
In contrast to what LORIMAR had published in the media and what SUSAN SULLIVAN was forced to confirm in those days, the actress did not leave the show voluntarily. It was the new producers' decision to write her off. - Although they could get three or four other cast members for the salary they had paid her, this decision was more than silly because the new crew will fail to attract viewers to the strange new characters they bring in this season.
 
The interiors of the building where Richard testifies against Sharpe are the same as in # 201 (SEC investigation), the foyer of Building 2 at CBS-MTM STUDIOS. The office of the general attorney is suite 204.
 
When Richard testifies, it is "almost midnight" in Singapore according to Brian. A few moments later, it is about 9:50 AM on Sharpe's watch. - Brian apparently misinterpreted the time zones because there is a 16-hour time gap between San Francisco and Singapore; so the Singapore time would rather have to be about 1:50 AM the next morning.
 
The shot of Sharpe in his office in this season's main title (right screen capture) is from an unused version of the scene in the current episode (compare the left screen grab for the version used this episode).
 
Real life allusion: Charley mentions BRUCE LEE.
 
Inside joke: Angela is called "Angie-Babe" by Charley. - "Babe" is one of JANE WYMAN's nicknames on the set.
 
Emma's suite at the Del Oro is the same interior set as the one used for Jane Callendar's room in Betsy's Motel in # 206. Only the door and the furniture were replaced to save on production costs.
 

Julius Karnow drives a black Mercedes-Benz S-class.

 
License plate number of Sharpe's black limousine: 980 UTW (old blue California plate with yellow lettering).
 

The filming location for the drive in Sharpe's limousine is Arden Road in Pasadena, CA.

 

Product placement: The TV set in Sharpe's limousine is made by Sony.

 
Real life allusion: Sharpe mentions PAUL REVERE (1734 - 1818), a master craftsman, highly praised for his work in gold and silversmithing.
 
The shot of Richard in Michael and Kevin's room in this season's main title (right screen capture) is from an unused version of the scene in this episode (compare the left screen grab for the version used this episode).
 
The upstairs hallways and rooms in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion have completely changed, compared with all previous seasons, as it can be seen in this episode for the first time and as it will be shown in even more detail in the following episodes (compare # 196).
Explanation: In the reconstruction of the mansion during season 8, the upper floors were designed in a complete new layout. - The weird thing about this set, however, is that the layout and the shape of the rooms do not fit into the real floor plan of Villa Miravalle. Neither do the windows (e.g. the casement window in Lance and Pilar's bedroom).
 
As it can be seen in this episode - and even more detailed in # 209 (compare first and second screen grabs in the second group of pictures) - the interior set of Emma's current bedroom in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion is the same as the set of Angela's current bedroom. The furniture, however, is different; besides, a fireplace was installed in Angela's bedroom in the place where the second door is in Emma's bedroom. This habit will result in the problem discussed in # 213. Also compare # 220 concerning the set.
Parts of old sets (compare Emma's Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion bedroom in # 193 and the Agretti Residence bedroom in # 200) are reused to construct this new interior set.
 

Product placement: The grand piano at the Del Oro Spa Restaurant is made by piano manufacturer Schafer & Sons.

 

The filming location for the Tuscany Valley High School playing field and bleachers is the Balboa Sports Center in Encino, CA.

 
Judge Connor Stewart was named Connor Walker or Tom Stewart in early script drafts.
 

The northern terrace of the CBS-MTM administration building - mostly used as Coit Café - poses as the terrace of the Tuscany Valley Tennis Club in this episode. - Especially compare # 073 for this filming location.

 

The cemetery where Maggie is buried is actually a park-like area with a pond and fountain in the southern garden of the Arden Villa in Pasadena, CA (compare # 070: the location was used as Riebmann's house then).

 
Inside joke: This location is very familiar to DAVID SELBY because the Arden Villa used to be Michael Tyrone's (his character's) home on the LORIMAR series "Flamingo Road".
 
Inconsistency: Concerning the Gioberti Family Cemetery, it seems a mystery where are all the graves usually featured in previous scenes (compare # 183, e.g.) are now. The cemetery in this episode can only be regarded as the - maybe renovated - Gioberti cemetery because there is absolutely no reason why Maggie should not have been buried at that private cemetery. The producers might have intended to hint the main part of the Gioberti cemetery be situated behind the white banisters (closer screen capture from the following episode). - Apparently the result of a disastrous prop and location policy this season!
Click here for sketches of how the Gioberti Family Cemetery changed over the years.
 
Richard and Maggie's bedroom still looks pretty much the same as in season 8 - another hint this set might be supposed to portray the ranch.
The kitchen, however, looks totally different, and when the corridor is seen for the first time, it becomes obvious this set is hardly more than a two-bedroom cottage. The exterior scene (Mrs. Deutsch from the Department of Social Services takes the boys), however, looks more like the ranch again because of the long wing of the house behind the trees.
Despite the note in the bible (see # 206), it seems odd that this interior set is supposed to be a part of the ranch.
 
ALAN GRAF, the actor who plays one of the Tuscany Valley County deputies this episode, portrayed one of the hijackers of Chase's wine shipment in season 5 (credited as ALLAN GRAF then).
 

New offices in the Falcon Crest Winery Building (interior sets) are featured for the first time.

 

The small road where Charley walks along is the same location as the bend seen in # 073, 084, 089, 113, 121, 135, 137, 148, 172, 174, 176, 180, 191, 192, 196, 197, 199 and 203 (see there) - on the CBS-MTM backlot behind stage 4. Click here for a sketch of the multi-purpose use of this part of the studio grounds.

 
The shot of Angela at the doorway of the study in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion in this season's current main title (right screen capture) is from an unused version of the scene in this episode (compare the left screen grab for the version used in the current episode).
 

Despite LORIMAR's "new wardrobe for new season" policy, this episode, Angela wears the blue dress she already wore in season 7.

 
The shot of Emma in her Del Oro suite in this season's main title (right screen capture) is from a scene in this episode; the scene itself, however, only contains the first part of the full sequence of Emma used for the main title (compare the left screen grab for the part used this episode - ending with the rose much closer to the chin).
 
Various takes of the scene when Charley tries to kill Angela are shot from different angles. An extraordinarily brutal shot of just the silhouettes of both people will not be used for the final version of this episode. This particular shot, however, will be seen for a short moment in the revamped main titles of this season (beginning in # 212).
The reason for Angela being written off the show is primarily JANE WYMAN's frail state of health; doctors advised her to quit working. Besides, the new producers consider this as the perfect opportunity to enhance their idea to lead the program into a new direction - another bad decision, as the rest of the season will prove.
Before LORIMAR and JANE WYMAN mutually decided Angela would be going into a coma for the major part of the season, the new producing and writing staff had even crazier ideas for season 9. According to a crew member, who wants to remain unnamed, JANE WYMAN was so shocked about the first draft of the seasonal bible that she angrily demanded her character rather be killed in order not to have to play what she felt was disgusting. The idea about the coma was the final compromise.
 
A stunt double replaces JANE WYMAN when Charley presses the pillow on Angela's face. Her hands can be seen only - but they are younger and less wrinkled than JANE WYMAN's.
 
Episode time frame: The current episode opens on the day of Maggie's funeral, i.e. a few days after the end of # 206. The final night of the episode when Charley attempts to kill Angela is a full moon night. Giving respect to the time of the year (# 206: before the grape harvest), the tight time frame of the events in the following episode and Halloween being celebrated in # 210, the phase of the moon leads to the conclusion the current episode closes on Friday 09/15/1989.
 

The end credits list SIERRA PECHEUR as Mr. Deutsch although it would have to be Mrs. Deutsch because the employee of the Department of Social Services is a woman.

 
HARVEY J. GOLDENBERG receives credit as Martin, Savanna Sharpe's lawyer, but has no on-screen appearance in this episode. According to an early script draft, this episode originally included a scene in front of Sharpe's house (filming location: Arden Villa again) with Sharpe, Savanna and Martin; this scene, however, was taken out in the editing process and will be put into # 212. This original draft is obviously the reason for the credit the crew failed to change.
 
 
# 208 <9.03> Flesh and Blood
 
Tentative titles: Where are the Children / The Cradle will Fall.
 
The recap features a close-up of Angela seconds before Charley presses the pillow on her face. This close-up was not featured in # 207; Angela was hidden behind the close-up shot of the pillow there.
 
Strange: Ned Vogel's office is either in the Tuscany Valley or at least nearby. Pilar and Lance, however, left to see him the previous night (final night of # 207), but only meet with him on day 1 of the current episode.
 
The interiors of the Queen of the Valley Hospital where Angela is taken care of are portrayed by the California Hospital Medical Center in downtown Los Angeles in this episode.
 
Inside joke: The hospital announcement in the background calls for Dr. Cochran, Dr. Anderson, Dr. Parslow and Dr. Surnow - real names of crew members: ROBERT COCHRAN (story editor), SHERI ANDERSON (co-producer and writer of this episode), PHIL PARSLOW (producer) and JOEL SURNOW (co-executive producer).
 

Chao-Li doing his rituals for Angela after she went into a coma is CHAO-LI CHI's own suggestion. The sword used in the scene is not just a prop from the studios, it is the actor's own sword.
CHAO-LI CHI's picture on his current main title card comes from this scene.

 
Although not written in the script, DAVID SELBY spontaneously decides to add the remark that Maggie had hired a nanny for the boys because she did not get along with Garth in Richard's conversation with Julius. It is great that DAVID tries to add a little history to the episode, and it is equally symptomatic that the new producers are too uninterested in giving the show a minimum of continuity.
 
The Meridian Children's Shelter located in East Bay (two hour drive from Tuscany) is portrayed by CBS-MTM office building 5 - a heavily used building on the show; last season, it posed as Tuscany Interstate Bank (compare # 187).
The interiors of Stan Wess' office, however, are filmed in the administration of the Mulholland Tennis Club in Los Angeles.
 
The log house used as the Daniels home was used as Kit's Carmel hiding place in season 6 (see # 148). This season, interiors are filmed here, too. - The filming location is in Topanga Canyon in Los Angeles.
Another mystery of this season is where the Daniels live: in the Tuscany Valley or somewhere near San Francisco Bay?
 

No shots of Angela this episode: The hospital scene is filmed so closely to her bed that she cannot be seen - because JANE WYMAN is no longer on the set.

 

Product placement: A cardiac monitor by IVY Biomedical Systems Inc. can be seen in Angela's hospital room.

 
Lance mentions Falcon Crest has been doing business with Ned Vogel, the wine distributor, for over ten years. But in season 3, Calvin Kleeger was the distributor, in season 5, Jack Steubling was the West Coast distributor, and in season 6, Kibbler Beverages was the distribution company. - So why is Ned Vogel so important to Falcon Crest now? It also remains a mystery why there was need for another distributor; after Angela reconciled with Peter in # 155, there was obviously no need to terminate their distribution contract (Peter had bought out Richard from Kibbler Beverages).
 
The close-up of Lance standing at the shower in his and Pilar's Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion bedroom as seen in this season's current main title (right screen capture) is from an unused version of the scene in this episode (compare the left screen grab for the version used this episode).
 
Real life allusions: Charley mentions CLAUDIUS, CAESAR, TIBERIUS und CALIGULA from ancient Rome.
 
Mistake: In the scene in the Falcon Crest Winery office, the close-ups of Lance and Pilar are from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent when Pilar's hands are on Lance's chest or shoulder in one moment (filmed towards Lance), but on Lance's collar in the subsequent frame (filmed towards Pilar).
Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 

The scenes at the Tuscany Valley Tennis Club in the current episode are from the Mulholland Tennis Club in L.A.

 
Sharpe's assets are $ 700 million.
 
The questions about Richard's home (also check # 206 and 207) become more and more mysterious:
Richard's desk is in a room with a blue-gray wall and a fireplace; it seems to be a corner in the later newly decorated bedroom (first seen in detail in # 217). But its style does not resemble any room at the ranch.
On the other hand, when Michael sees the boys' bedroom at Lauren and Walker's log house the first time, he tells them Kevin's and his room at home (at Richard's) is much bigger; that size might be a hint for Richard's home being the ranch.
 

The park scene with Sharpe and Lauren is filmed near the heavily filmed fence on the CBS-MTM backlot (compare especially # 086 for the fence as well as # 135 for the park).

 
The family relation between Sharpe and Maggie or Richard is rather mysterious - thanks to the new writers' negligent way of handling the show's past:
In # 207, Sharpe mentioned to Richard he is a second cousin; in # 206, there was also a hint for a relation to Richard. In this episode, Sharpe refers to Lauren as a distant relation to Maggie. It might be concluded from the line in the current episode that Michael and Lauren must be Maggie's second cousins - or else, Michael Sharpe's lie about the reason for Lauren being given custody for Michael and Kevin would not be plausible for his sister. In that case, however, it remains a mystery if the Sharpes are relatives to Maggie's biological parents (Charlotte Pershing and Oliver Donovan) or to her adoptive parents (Paul Hartford and Margaret Griffith); the latter is most likely the case giving respect to the plausibility of Sharpe's lie. Given Richard were Sharpe's second cousin, it would remain unanswered if the relationship is via the Channing or the Gioberti line.
This interpretation is confirmed by the seasonal bible written by JOEL SURNOW and SHERI ANDERSON where the character description for Lauren explicitly states that she is "Maggie's second cousin".
 

The parking garage of Sharpe's company is portrayed by the underground parking lot of the Oakridge Plaza complex in Sherman Oaks, CA.

 
 
# 209 <9.04> Payback
 
Tentative title: Genele.
 
Original script drafts planned for Genele Erickson (spelled with "ck", but in the final version "Ericson") to be Frank's stepdaughter from his previous marriage with Renée; she was finally modeled into Renée's sister, i.e. Frank's sister-in-law, though. The writers planned for her to still have her own key to the Agretti Residence, which she kept over the years to unlock the Agretti Residence upon her arrival. They also intended her to be even more indelicate and hard-edged than in the final version, e.g. to even throw pieces of furniture out without asking Frank.
 
Genele Ericson drives a red Chevrolet Corvette C4 Convertible.
Writer BOB COCHRAN originally wanted her to drive a red yet otherwise unspecified model of a Mercedes-Benz in early script drafts.
 

The filming location for the Agretti Residence driveway (close-up when Genele gets off her car), is the driveway right in front of the big stage door to stage 10 on Republic Avenue at CBS-MTM (nowadays CBS STUDIO CENTER).

 
Agretti Residence set - inconsistencies:

A faint scenery painting can be seen in the background when the door is opened. - What a poor artwork of the set designers!

The living room / study is now partly refurnished and painted in light beige (the blue wallpaper was removed). It now has a bar where the French doors to the patio used to be. The window is now right next to the door; as it will become obvious especially in the following episode in comparison with last season, the element of the wall and the element of the window in the interior set have apparently been switched when the set was rebuilt after the hiatus. Compare the first three screen grabs for the set in the previous season.
Across the entrance to the living room, where there used to be closed doors last season, there is now a very small room behind those doors; the room leads to French doors, which lead to a new patio that is, as will be seen in # 213, also accessible from the kitchen.
Frank's bedroom and bathroom are featured for the first time - a new interior set.
 
Omitted was an act 1 scene from early script drafts in Lance and Pilar's bedroom in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion, in which Lance stands and primps in front of a mirror in his new perfectly tailored suit right before his meeting with bank manager Beeker.
 
Inconsistency: Falcon Crest is said to be close to bankruptcy - the Tuscany Bank threatens to have it managed by a trustee. Considering this is all about a loan of only $ 20 million, this is ridiculous.
Giving respect to season 4 when the net worth of Falcon Crest was at least $ 90 million (Francesca's third: $ 30 million) and to the later acquisitions, especially the expansion (tripled in size at the end of season 4) as well as the takeover of several wineries including the Gioberti Winery (net worth: $ 30 million), Falcon Crest must have at least a net worth of over $ 120 million.
Even the damages by the fire in season 8 and Michael Sharpe's bribing the bank manager into calling the current loan cannot have caused such a financial disaster. - The writers should have studied the old episodes!
 
Sharpe watches a "Roadrunner" and "Wiley E. Coyote" cartoon on TV ("Looney Tunes" characters).
 
The offices of Murdy & Sampson are portrayed by leased office space in the Universal City Plaza Building in Universal City, CA (interiors only). Forrest Murdy's office is situated in the north-eastern corner of the building. - The exteriors of the Universal City Plaza Building were used as San Francisco Investment Company in # 121 and as The Thirteen's New York headquarters in # 182 and 183.
 
In early script drafts, Murdy & Sampson was called Moody & Gray, with Bill(y) Moody (later renamed Forrest Murdy) being the major shareholder. Jason Sampson was originally not supposed to be one of the senior partners, but one of the associates.
 
According to a CBS press info, actor NICOLAS COSTER was originally cast to play the character of Forrest Murdy. But DENNIS LIPSCOMB finally won the rôle.
 
The filming location for the San Francisco café where Richard meets Lauren for the first time is the Cafe Sierra in the lobby of the Registry Hotel (nowadays Universal Hilton) in Universal City, CA.
 
The shot of Frank in the foyer of the Agretti Residence guest wing in this season's main title (right screen capture) is from an unused version of the scene in # 209 (compare the left screen grab for the version used in that episode).
 
Mistake: The close-ups of Frank and Genele in the Agretti Residence bathroom are from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent when Genele's left hand is out of the camera angle in the first frame, but close to Frank's head in the subsequent frame filmed from across. Furthermore, bathing foam can be seen in Frank's face in one frame, but is gone in the next one. Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
Although the series is still filmed at CBS-MTM STUDIOS, a new Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion exterior set (first floor to be seen only) is used for this episode as well as # 210, 213 and 215. This is not identical with the usual veranda set usually built on sound stage 10 at CBS-MTM. But it is the set that used to be the Walton House from EARL HAMNER's previous series, THE WALTONS (compare # 064), built on the backlot of the BURBANK STUDIOS (nowadays WARNER BROS. STUDIOS), where the first three seasons of "Falcon Crest" were shot. The Walton House underwent major changes to adjust it to the needs for "Falcon Crest". In 1991, the set was destroyed in an electrical fire; for later reunions of "The Waltons", the Walton House was rebuilt on the WARNER RANCH a few blocks north of WARNER BROS. STUDIOS in the 1990's.
There are some major inconsistencies in the Victorian Mansion replica compared to the real Villa Miravalle and the usual veranda set:

The veranda itself is built with pretty much attention to detail. But the set is smaller than the real Villa Miravalle, as it can be noticed easily when tall DAVID SELBY is standing in front of it in # 213.
There are fewer pillars in the veranda banisters than in the real Villa (see yellow mark). Besides, the horizontal beam atop the pillars has little wholes for decorative purposes in the real Villa (see red mark).

The two small stained glass windows in the main tower are missing (see mark).
 
The driveway is a pebble / dirt path rather than the paved driveway in front of the real Villa; beginning with # 213, however, the driveway in front of the set will be paved, too.
The circular shape of the driveway is the wrong way round - it should rather be circular around the house.
The lawn area adjacent to the veranda, as featured on the show, is not there in real life.
The three palm trees are missing.
Explanation: The surroundings might have slightly changed when the Victorian Mansion was reconstructed after the fire. - This, however, is in contrast to the show still using old exterior footage of the real Villa in many scenes.
 
The scenes in downtown Tuscany - Chao-Li shopping on Town Square (where the Founders Day Parade was held in # 030) - are filmed on Midwest Street on the backlot of the BURBANK STUDIOS although the show is regularly filmed at CBS-MTM STUDIOS.
 
Julie and Sandy, the girls Charley meets downtown, mention the rock band Van Halen.
 
The song Charley plays from the tape in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion is "That's Amore" by DEAN MARTIN.
 

The painting in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion living room is an original MONET according to Charley.

 
Fictional entity: Sharpe buys Overdyne (originally called Red Mountain in early script drafts) stock.
 
Michael Sharpe mentions Richard kidnapped his mother "last year". - First, it was earlier this year (1989). Secondly, why do the producers remember now, but did not in Richard's sentence in # 206?
 

Product placement: A bottle of Perrier mineral water is on the table in the Agretti Residence patio.

 

The scene with Lance and Pilar driving along a country road in his convertible is obviously taken in the studio. It is a cheap blue screen technique - the very same seen as in the scene with Emma and the Habermans in # 171, with Rosemont in # 181 and with Richard in the police car in # 206.

 
These writers have no idea what a mess they make up: How can Richard be broke? As if he had no private money somewhere! - Next episode, he will suddenly be able to buy Forrest Murdy's share in Murdy & Sampson. Being broke this episode, where will that money come from?
 
Deleted scene: The director's cut of this episode contained an act 3 scene, in which Chao-Li arrives in a cab in front of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion and unloads the groceries from the trunk; early script drafts even suggested that he arrive on foot, having carried the groceries all the way to the house from the Town Square. Charley, who had left the Town Square with the two girls in the limo before, feigns innocence since Emma is present while Chao-Li curses, rattling off some Chinese invective. - This scene was filmed, but removed in post-production.
 
Early script drafts contained more scenes for act 4, which were omitted in the final version:
  • The first scene in act 4 featured Lance and Chao-Li trying to work out together in the gym at Falcon Crest in order to work off their respective frustrations. The most important line in that scene was in Chao-Li's dialog: "We must be patient, endure... never forget the spirit of Angela. She will bring us through this."
  • Also omitted was a scene with Lance (still sweaty from his workout with Chao-Li) and Emma discussing Charley in the upstairs hallway of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion.
  • Original plans included Charley trying to hand the earrings he ripped off from Sandy as a gift for Pilar to Lance, who refused to take them, realizing that Charley only tried to be coming on to Pilar.
 
Maury's jewelry store is the same interior set as Richard's house - just redecorated (compare hallway and doors in background).
 
The filming location for the San Francisco restaurant where Richard and Sharpe have lunch is the same one as used for the Washington, D.C. restaurant where Maggie and Peter Ryder had breakfast in # 181 and where Angela and Rosemont had dinner in # 182; it was also used as the San Francisco restaurant where Pilar and Malcolm dined in # 196 (compare the respective episodes). It is at the Registry Hotel (nowadays Universal Hilton) in Universal City, CA
 
VACHIK MANGASSARIAN, the actor who plays the maître d' in the restaurant where Richard and Sharpe have lunch this episode, portrayed the P.R. director of Liz and Richard's baseball club in season 7 (center of left screen grab).
 
Fictional entity: Richard talks with Sharpe about a deal concerning Wellington Tender.
 
It is estimated that Murdy & Sampson will make a profit of $ 40 million in the Overdyne deal, i.e. their net worth will triple. So their original net worth must have been $ 20 million. - In the end, their real profit will be $ 42 million.
 
Strange: Richard mentions Sharpe has children (plural!) of his own. - In # 215, Danny will be introduced as Sharpe's alleged son and his only (!) child.
 

SHAHRAD VOSSOUGHI, the actor who is introduced as Nick Massoud, Sharpe's chauffeur, this episode, also portrayed Rosemont's chauffeur and a waiter at The Max nightclub at the Del Oro in season 7 (compare # 179).

 
The shot of Pilar in the Tuscany Bank in the current version of this season's main title (right screen capture) is from an unused version of the scene in this episode (compare the left screen grab for the version used this episode).
 
Another mystery only the writers could answer: Why does George Beeker, CEO of Tuscany Bank, not know Richard Channing? Did he live on the moon the last seven years?!
 
The executive offices of the Tuscany Bank are portrayed by a room at the Registry Hotel (nowadays Universal Hilton) in Universal City, CA. The parking lot (scene with Genele and Frank) is also situated on that property.
 
The red Volvo sedan is used as a prop again; this time, on the Tuscany Bank car park (compare # 055 for details).
 
Season time frame: Day 1 of the current episode (Richard's first day of work at Murdy & Sampson) is Tuesday, 10/17/1989, as it can be concluded from # 210 (see there). A few unseen days or weeks must have gone by both during # 208 - between the power outage in the hospital and Vogel's refusal to do business with Lance; also before the scene when Pilar goes to Vogel to sleep with him - and between # 208 and 209. According to Lance's statement at the beginning of the current episode, he only has three days to raise the money to pay back the loan to the Tuscany Bank, which means the episode closes on Friday, 10/20/1989 (days 2 of the episode). This also makes it clear that the days between night 1 (10/17/1989) and day 2 (10/20/1989) remain unseen in the current episode.
 
 
# 210 <9.05> Soul Sacrifice
 
The heavily filmed courtroom known from # 202 is used as a filming location again. It was a permanent interior set at LINDSEY STUDIOS (now VALENCIA STUDIOS) in Santa Clarita, CA.
The exterior shots are from the Embassy Courthouse on the backlot of THE BURBANK STUDIOS - not from the real Napa Valley Courthouse as in the previous years.
Explanation: The family and probate court might have moved from the main wing into a new building because they needed more office space.
 
According to earlier script drafts, a male judge in the civil suit about administrating Angela's holdings, was named Phllip Bobbins, in later script drafts Robbins. The writers eventually decided to have a female judge, Nora Milbourn.
 
Richard mentions he has been CEO of four different public companies (probably referring to Tuscany Downs, Channing Inc., New Globe / Channing Enterprises and Channing & Sampson) and he has sat on the board of at least a dozen others (probably including Whitewood Industries, Van Enger Shipping Offices, Hoffman Industries, Falcon Crest when he owned a third, etc.). - A rough estimation, but basically correct.
 
An early script draft contained a scene with Richard and Genele on the courthouse steps after the first hearing in the suit concerning the administration of Angela's assets. The scene features a photo journalist named Stu trying to take photos of them, but Richard tells him to take a hike. Interestingly enough, Stu tells Richard he has no more right to order him around because he does not own the paper anymore. It is quite mysterious why that scene with this essential reference about the New Globe was edited before the episode went on the air.
 
Fictional entities: Tom Diodati, the SEC prosecutor, mentions some companies Sharpe has invested in: Alvanation Industries (Sunwood Industries in early script drafts), Overdyne and Novo Micro (Northern Dicron in early script drafts).
 
The settlement with the SEC costs Sharpe $ 300 million as Ed mentioned in # 209.
 
Fictional entity: Carl's Delivery Service delivers the miniature Mercedes-Benz SL convertible for Michael and Kevin to the Daniels home. The company's phone number is 555-7783.
 
Walker says Michael is eight years old. - This is just ridiculous because Michael was born in 1986 and, therefore, should be three now.
 
The shot of Lauren in the Daniels House front yard in this season's main title (right screen capture) is from an unused version of the scene in this episode (compare the left screen grab for the version used this episode).
 

The scenes on Town Square in Tuscany (Lauren and the boys meeting Richard) are filmed at the gazebo on THE BURBANK STUDIOS' (WARNER BROS.) Midwest Street. - The street and the house where Cole and Linda used to live in season 3 (yellow arrow) is in the background.

 

Lauren drives an old green-white Volkswagen Bully.
 
When Lauren arrives on Town Square, the red Volvo sedan, the most famous old LORIMAR prop (see # 055 for details), drives along in the background.

 
Mistake: In the scene in front of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion, the close-ups of Emma and Charley are from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent when Charley's left hand is out of the camera angle in the first frame, but around Emma's neck in the subsequent one (filmed from across).
Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
Richard managed to take over Forrest Murdy's shares of Murdy & Sampson in just two weeks as Jace says.
How can that be if Richard was bankrupt (compare # 208)? Did he personally make so much money when he made the Overdyne deal with Sharpe? In that deal, the company made a profit of $ 40 million.
 

The filming location for the San Francisco restaurant where Richard and Genele have lunch is - again - another part of the Registry Hotel (nowadays Universal Hilton) in Universal City, CA (compare # 209).

 
The filming location for the scene with Richard, Lauren, Michael and Kevin in the residential area on Halloween is My Three Sons Street on the CBS-MTM STUDIOS backlot (the part of the street right across the heavily filmed park; compare # 135).
The first house seen in the background is bungalow 10. The second one, by the way, was Michael Steadman's (played by KEN OLIN) house on "Thirtysomething".
 
Sharpe's nickname for Lauren is "Little Miss Honesty and Incense".
 

License plate number of Emma's blue-gray BMW 3 convertible: 2EAK258.

 

The gas station in this episode is portrayed by the warehouse on the lot of CBS-MTM STUDIOS, which posed as a part of the Gioberti Winery (see # 144) and as Fixx Trucking (see # 176).
The red Volvo is parked in the background again (compare # 055 for details).

 

The headstones seen in Frank's nightmare are identical with the props used for the Gioberti Family Cemetery in the previous years.

 
Original script drafts included that the official version about Renée Agretti's death was that she drowned in a boating accident and was lost at sea while she, Frank and Genele were briefly visiting the Tuscany Valley ten years ago. - In the final version of the previous episode, the Blue Angel sailboat is mentioned, but it is not explained in detail what Frank and Genele told the police about Renée's death.
 
The shot of Lauren in the Daniels House living room in this season's current main title (right screen capture) is from an unused version of the scene in this episode (compare the left screen grab for the version used this episode).
 
DONALD NARDINI, the actor who is introduced as Officer Kuvic this episode, also portrayed a reporter in season 7.
 
This episode, Angela is not seen either, just her hospital room is seen.
 
Mysterious: Where does Genele know from that Angela would leave $ 300,000 to Frank? - This can only be stated in Angela's last will, which she does not have! - This season's scripts are a disaster!
 
Illogical: Judge Milbourn ignores Charley and Emma's ridiculous behavior in the courtroom. But no judge in real life would tolerate that. - This underlines that this season's writers are incompetent.
 
Season time frame:
This episode opens a few days after # 209 as it can be concluded from the fact that the lawsuit was scheduled in the meantime. On day 1, Lauren says she saw Richard "yesterday"; this must refer to another unseen meeting as their first meeting had already taken place on Richard's first day of work at Murdy & Sampson in # 209. Day 1 of the current episode when Sharpe is suspended from trading by the SEC for a period of 30 days must be one day or a few days before day 2 of this episode.
The Halloween scenes (night 2) take place in the night of 10/31-11/01/1989. - Mistake: A full moon clip is featured that night, which is wrong because the new moon phase only began on 10/29/1989 according to the moon phase calendar.
As stated on day 2 (Tuesday, 10/31/1989), Richard has been working at Murdy & Sampson for two weeks, i.e. since Tuesday, 10/17/1989 (day 1 of # 209). As Emma learns about Daniel's death on day 2, he must have been murdered before the end of October 1989.
Day 4, the final day of the episode, which apparently opens with Genele and Frank's champagne breakfast in the Agretti bedroom, must be a while after the preceding scene when they visited Angela in the hospital because it is the day of the ruling in the lawsuit now; it is quite obvious that the decision of the probate court must have taken some time to be prepared. It must be November 1989 now.
 
 
# 211 <9.06> God of the Grape
 
No recap is featured before the main title of this episode. The reason for that remains a mystery.
 
Cast and crew background: COLLEEN CARROLL, the writer of this episode, is the real-life wife of co-executive producer JOEL SURNOW.
 
This is an extremely bad and disgusting episode. The new producers and writers' ideas of a new direction for the program is just ridiculous. This is the definite beginning of the show falling into the abyss.
After this episode is aired, the series, which has undergone a drastic loss of audience since the beginning of this season, will lose another 400,000 viewers.
 

Parts of Van Nuys Airport are used as the filming site for the Tuscany Valley Airport.

 
N920G is the license number of the jet Ian and Sydney use to fly to the valley.
 
The original draft of the seasonal bible planned for Sydney to stay for the remainder of the whole season and to establish her as a new core character for the following year if the show had been renewed for a tenth season.
JOEL SURNOW and SHERI ANDERSON wanted Sydney to become Angela's right arm in the long run. After her return, Angela was supposed to see herself as a young girl in the beautiful, but tenacious Sydney, who, in turn, was supposed to see herself as the next Angela Channing. For more details, check out # 227 (original cliffhanger plans).
 
Interior set of Richard's house (despite the note in the bible, see # 206, probably not the ranch - just a guess?!) - inconsistency: The den with the fireplace (from # 206) that looked like the den at the ranch is now gone. As it becomes more and more apparent this episode, since # 207, there has been some sort of small den or living room now although the arch / entry is still the same element as used in the interior set in # 206.
The fireplace and blue-gray wall (known from # 208 where it looks like a study) is, as # 217 will show, a part of the new bedroom set. The bed is on the wall opposite the fireplace.
The house definitely looks like a small cottage with just a few rooms now. On one of the walls in this mysterious small living room, there is the characteristic picture or tiles (mostly gold, blue and gray; now split in two parts) known from Maggie and Richard's bedroom (also compare # 184).
 
Agretti Residence set - inconsistency: The kitchen, although still pretty similar, has changed: The window (towards where the patio used to be last season) looks different and the back door next to it is gone. There is a new French door in the wall where the refrigerator and the wine bottle racks used to be last season; they lead to the new patio known from # 209, as # 213 (compare the screen capture from that episode here) will show in detail.
 
Despite LORIMAR's "new wardrobe for new season" policy, this episode, Lance wears the lilac pullover he already wore in season 8.
 
Jace Sampson's wife is named Sarah. She is mentioned quite often, but never appears on screen.
 
Sharpe's nickname for Walker is "Mr. Greenjeans".
 
New Falcon Crest party grounds - posh formal gardens with a fountain and big stairways - are seen during the Bacchus festival; this is the only time these gardens are featured. These grounds can be seen from the Victorian Mansion as a scene with Pilar and Lance in their bedroom implies. - Mysterious: Were these grounds built after the fire in season 8? Were the vineyards damaged in the fire replaced by these gardens?
The filming location for these scenes is Greystone Park in Beverly Hills, CA; it is a public park next door to the privately owned Greystone Mansion.
 
The seasonal bible compared the relationship between Chris Agretti and Sydney St. James, which will develop over the next few episodes, with SHAKESPEARE's "Romeo and Juliet".
 
Richard pronounces Latin very well - and DAVID SELBY himself even corrected the misspelled CESAR quote in the script (obviously written by an incompetent author) into the correct term: "Ex nihilo nihil fit." ("Out of nothing comes nothing").
 

Product placement: Perrier-Jouët (Fleur de Champagne) is poured at the Bacchus festival at Falcon Crest.

 
The initial script draft for this episode suggested Michael and Kevin be drinking wine. - At least, this disgusting idea did not make it to the screen in a close-up in the end.
Only with that in mind, it makes sense why Richard is so annoyed and heads towards the boys.
 
MITCH PILEGGI, the actor who plays Eddie, a trucker working for Falcon Crest, this episode, also portrayed one of Saunders' henchmen in season 6.
 

JANE WYMAN reappears for a couple of short hospital scenes in this episode.

 
Season time frame:
This episode depicts the events in November 1989 and apparently continues on the same day where # 210 left off.
Mistake: On the final day of this episode, Frank says during the Bacchus festival that his nephew, Chris, will be staying with him for the summer. - This is completely out of line and underlines the poor scriptwriting because the summer was over a long time ago. Or did the writer want to imply that Frank is about to lose his mind as a result of Genele's pressure? Or does Frank actually mean Chris will be staying until next summer?
 
 
# 212 <9.07> Doctor Dollars
 
Tentative title: Doctor Dollars!
 
The main title is revamped with a return to the elegant "Benguiat Book" typeface from seasons 5 through 8 and some new portraits. - A half-hearted effort to compensate for the lack of consistency in the series.
 
Tentative title: "Doctor Dollars!".
 
The shot of Angela raising her glass in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion dining room in this season's current main title (right screen capture) is from an unused version of the scene from # 169; in that episode, she was never seen toasting (compare the left screen grab for one of the shots actually used in that episode).
 

KRISTIAN ALFONSO's picture on her current main title card comes from a scene in # 206.

 
The shot of Chao-Li in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion dining room in the current version of this season's main title (right screen capture) is from an unused version of the scene in # 208 (compare the left screen grab for the version used in that episode).
 
Fictional entity: Sharpe mentions the Bateman deal.
 
Product placement: Sharpe gets a phone call from a certain Gary Exley from the American Express company because his credit card bill is three weeks overdue.
 
Season time frame:
The SEC's 30-day suspension of Sharpe's trading seems to be over on day 1 of the current episode. This means that at least 30 days must have gone by since day 1 of # 210, and it must be at least the end of November 1989 now. Some time must have gone by both during # 211 (right before the Bacchus festival) and between # 211 and 212.
 
The filming location for the home of Michael and Savanna Sharpe is the Arden Villa in Pasadena, CA, which was also used as Johann Riebmann's house in Buenos Aires / Argentina in season 4 (compare # 069 - in a rust-brownish color then).
The pond near Maggie's grave (see # 207) is also located on the Arden Villa property.
The scene with Michael, Savanna and her lawyer, Martin, in front of the house was originally intended to be part of # 207 (compare there), but was later edited and put into this episode.
 

Savanna Sharpe's car is a brown Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible.

 
The suggestion of Charley's interior designer, Sergio, to remodel the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion living room into a hedonistic parlor in Roman décor is just one symptom of the new writers' and producers' bad taste. Their apparent love of those trashy ideas gives evidence of the gap between their narrow minds on the one hand and the classic years of the show and the audience on the other hand.
 

Product placement: Richard and Lauren are drinking Perrier mineral water at the Del Oro Spa Restaurant.

 
Mistake: In the scene at the Del Oro Spa Restaurant, the close-ups and wide angle shots of Richard and Lauren are from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent when both of Richard's hands are seen near his chin in one moment (close-up), but his left hand is seen on the table in the subsequent frame (wide angle).
Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
The parking garage of the Del Oro is portrayed by the same filming location as the parking garage of the New Globe in # 162: the parking garage of City National Bank in Studio City.
 
Real life allusion: Sharpe mentions The Wildlife Society.
 
Product placement: Sal mentions clothes designed by SERGIO ARMANI.
 
The mystery about Richard's house (see # 206, 207 and 211 already) continues: When Sal breaks into Richard's house, white framed casement French doors can be seen - they do not resemble the ranch windows and French doors in any way because those frames were in brown color although, in season 8, the study interior set at the ranch had such a French door (compare # 185)...
 
Mistake: Sal looks through the kitchen window from Richard's terrace. The editing of the scene, however, implies that Sal can see Richard in the bathroom from that point of view. But the bathroom is situated behind the bedroom at the end of the hallway next to the kitchen.
 
The Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion guest bedroom where Sydney and Ian stay is the same interior set as the one used for Jane Callendar's room in Betsy's Motel in # 206 and for Emma's Del Oro suite in # 207 (see there). Only slight changes (repaint and new furniture) were made for budgetary reasons.
Inconsistency: When Charley enters the guest bedroom through the French door, a brick wall can be seen next to the door. - There is no such exterior wall in the second floor of the real Villa Miravalle.
 
This episode features the upstairs hallway to Lance and Pilar's bedroom in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion from a different angle: the other part leading past Angela's bedroom can be seen (left screen grab). The hallway continues towards Lance and Pilar's bedroom as usually shown (compare right screen capture from # 208).
 
Deleted scene: Act 4 was initially introduced with a scene with Emma persuading Sydney in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion foyer to go shopping. Emma says that she likes Sydney's sweater and that she used to have one just like that. Her dog at that time, a Pekinese named Phil, bit into it. Two years after that, when Phil died, she buried the dog with that sweater. - This scene was removed in post-production.
 
The downtown Tuscany shopping area where Emma and Sydney meet Chris is between 4363 and 4375 Tujunga Avenue in Studio City, CA in real life.
The store Chris comes out is James Thomas Stained & Leaded Glass, one of the real life stores along that street, which was already featured in # 197 (see there).
 
Jace mentions the "Les Misérables" musical.
 
The clip of Sharpe's limousine on the streets of San Francisco (first part of the drive-by) is stock footage from a film library. It features the intersection of South Grand Avenue and 6th Street in Downtown L.A. The camera's position was on the sidewalk of South Grand, first filming towards southeast, then following the limo, which drives by the Pacific Center of the Pacific Mutual Life Insurance (building at corner) and its garage ("Parking" sign); both buildings were used as filming locations before - the Pacific Center (its 6th Street front though) in # 042 and 144 (Helios Club); the garage as the New Globe parking structure in # 041. The final frame shows the western entrance of the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, which was featured in # 041 as a side entance to a New Globe annex. When the clip was filmed, South Grand Avenue was still a two-way street while it is nowadays a one-way street in the opposite direction of the limo drive-by.
 
Chalo watches a "Thundercats" cartoon on TV in Sharpe's limo. - Inside joke: "Thundercats" was also produced by LORIMAR.
 
Editing mistake: The first exterior shot of Sharpe's limousine at night (see above) shows an older model whereas he has a Lincoln Town Car Pullman in all the other scenes. - The establishing shot of the limo is old footage from a movie library, which was not carefully chosen.
 

Product placement: The Sony TV set in Sharpe's limousine is featured again.

 
Illogical: During the car chase (the police following Sharpe's limo), it remains a mystery why the police car stops when the truck crosses the street. There would be enough room for the car on the left to pass by the truck.
 
Strange: Why does Michael Sharpe have Sal killed with his limo? Is he not afraid of any evidence on the car (like scratches, rests of blood and tissue, etc.). But the police apparently does not think of that kind of evidence either? - What an unrealistic writing!
 
 
# 213 <9.08> Luck Wave
 
Tentative titles: The Luck Wave / Grapes of Graft.
 
DAVID SPIELBERG receives credit as Ned Vogel this episode although he does not participate. - The director's cut contained a scene with Pilar entering his office and giving him a kick in his balls for giving her sex video to Charley. The editors forgot to remove the actor's credit when the scene was removed for the final version.
This scene also included JUDY HOY as Vogel's secretary; she was removed correctly from the end credits though.
 
The country road in the Tuscany Valley (Highway 29) where Lance begins to hitchhike is actually Griffith Park Drive in Griffith Park in Greater L.A. This particular spot is west of the turnoff to Mount Hollywood Drive; this distinct double bend was already filmed from across for # 064 (Pamela chased by Spheeris and Intlekofer).
 
After the Tuscany Police Department had a new logo on their cars last season (see # 198), another logo can be seen now. This is the previous one as seen in season 6 (compare # 128). - There were maybe old patrol cars still in use, and the police did not want to change the logo for budgetary reasons.
The identification codes of the patrol cars near Lance's wrecked car are 8370 and 7394.
Lance's wrecked car is found near the bend behind stage 4 on the CBS-MTM backlot, which was also used for # 207 (see there) as well as # 073, 084, 089, 113, 121, 135, 137, 172, 174, 176, 180, 191, 192, 196, 197, 199 and 203.
 
Walker mentions the "Alice in Wonderland" fairytale by LEWIS CARROLL (1832 - 1898).
 

The gas station in Juarez / Mexico in this episode is portrayed by the warehouse on the lot of CBS-MTM STUDIOS, which already posed as a part of the Gioberti Winery (see # 144) and as Fixx Trucking (see # 176).

 
The bar in Mexico where Lance lands is the same interior set as the one used for the Falcon Crest Winery Building (compare the cave) with only minor changes, e.g. removal of the stairway and addition of different props, to reduce production costs.
 

LORENZO LAMAS' picture on his current main title card comes from a scene in this episode.

 

The car ride of Genele and Chris in her car is a cheap blue screen technique again - the very same seen as behind Angela and Frank in his jeep in # 206 (see there).

 
When Sydney opens the door of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion, a huge wooden wardrobe can be seen in the foyer. - Inconsistency: This is not the same wardrobe with the mirror, which is usually placed in the foyer.
This is a different prop substituting the usual wardrobe (compare right screen grab from # 214) because this exterior set of the mansion is built on the backlot of the BURBANK STUDIOS (refer to # 209 for this exception) whereas the usual veranda / interior set (including the usual prop wardrobe) is built on sound stage 10 at CBS-MTM STUDIOS.
 
Writers' nonsense: The total amount to purchase Falcon Crest is said to be only $ 14 million this episode. Giving respect to the show's history, this is just laughable (also compare # 209 for that problem).
 
Inside joke: Sharpe compares Emma's behavior to the "Twilight Zone" TV series. - "Falcon Crest" creator EARL HAMNER also wrote a few scripts for that show.
 
According to Sharpe, the St. James brothers are also known under a couple of false names, including Frasier, Jones and Terence.
 
Sharpe compares Emma with Mary Poppins, the children's book character.
 
Charley mentions Elena of Troy from ancient Greece.
 
License plate number of Genele's red Chevrolet Corvette C4 Convertible: 2IEW781.
 
The filming location for the pond where Sydney and Chris are is Heavenly Pond in Franklin Canyon in Beverly Hills, CA; it was already used in # 011 (see there). The Falcon Crest driveway (compare # 207) is also located there and featured again this episode.
 
Fictional entity: Walker mentions a fast food store by the name Funky Chicken.
 
Product placement: Walker mentions MasterCard, a credit card company.
 
One of the pictures on the wall in Emma and Charley's Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion bedroom is a prop that was used in the bedroom of Maggie's Del Oro suite in the previous season. - Cutting production costs.
 
Editing mistake and interior set inconsistency: At the end of this episode, Charley opens the door to Angela's bedroom in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion interior set as it can be concluded from the hallway he is seen in. But the next frame features Charley entering his and Emma's bedroom.
As stated in # 207, Angela's and Emma's bedrooms are the same set, which is the reason for this problem. The current scene, however, is an accumulation of mistakes because Charley - as filmed inside the bedroom - comes into the room through the wrong door. For if he enters from the particular hallway seen in the preceding frame, he would have to come through the other door next to the walk-in closet. That door usually portrays the door to Emma's bathroom or, if used as Angela's bedroom, the only door to it - right from the hallway where Charley is filmed in the current episode.
 

Product placement: Charley brings a bottle of Perrier-Jouët (Fleur de Champagne) to his and Emma's bedroom.

 
 
# 214 <9.09> Merry Christmas, Charley
 

The picnic scene with Sydney and Chris, which creates the illusion the picnic blanket might have been laid out near the pond known from # 213, is actually filmed nowhere near a pond, but under a tree on the CBS-MTM backlot.

 
Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion interior set - inconsistency: The upstairs hallways have changed again:
Now a door can be seen opposite the hallway leading to Emma and Charley's bedroom. - Before this room's position in the mansion's floor plan became a complete mystery last episode (see # 213), there used to be a niche in the opposite wall, which was decorated with a plant, this season (left screen grab fom # 208).
The same hallway is featured when Sydney leaves the guest bedroom at night (right screen capture). The door to the guest bedroom is across the hallway from Emma's bedroom. In that place, however, there used to be a bathroom door, which opened towards the hallway whereas the guest bedroom door now opens into that room.
 
ROGER HAMPTON, the actor who plays Bert Gervis, the Las Vegas Police Department lieutenant, in this episode, also portrayed Judd Sloan, a wine distributor, in season 5.
 
Michael Sharpe seems to have various black limousines. Whereas he has had a Lincoln Town Car Pullman limo until the previous episode, he now has a shorter Cadillac Fleetwood.
 
Ridiculous: Sydney is under 21 and drinks wine. - This season's producers are really incompetent. In season 8, alcohol was discussed as a problem many times - now, an 18-year-old girl drinks wine!
On the other hand, it seems obvious that Ian never had a sexual relationship with Sydney. - Now is that because of her age? The initial script draft of this episode contained a scene with Sydney telling Chris she is a virgin before they make love near the pond. It was deleted before the episode aired, as was a scene in # 213 that originally had Sydney spank Ian, lying on the bed, with a paddle upon his request. The strange sexual relationship between Sydney and Ian seems to have no point and meaning; it is a storyline that is rather hinted than told and finally leads to nowhere - as many other minor plotlines this year. This season's bible originally planned for more details about the couple's sex life: Ian was supposed to be impotent; Sydney spanking Ian was meant to be some sort of a substitute for their missing sex life. It remains a mystery why the writers skipped these strange plans in the end.
 
License plate number of Lance's silver Mercedes-Benz SL 500 convertible: 2PEK114. - This must be a new car (same model) since he wrecked the previous one in the crash between # 212 and 213.
 
Editing mistake: When Lance's car comes to a stop at the roadside, no turn signal can be seen. But when he leaves the car a few moments later, the right turn signal is on.
 
The filming location for that Tuscany Valley road is North Topanga Canyon Boulevard near Topanga, CA.
The very dark night scene with Chris in Frank's Jeep running by and Charley tailgating him (cars shot from outside) is also from that road.
 

ROD TAYLOR is replaced by a stunt double when Frank jumps through the living room window of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion. The stuntman, however, has a slightly different hairdo. During Frank and Ian's fight, ROD TAYLOR and DAVID HUNT are also replaced by stuntmen in some shots.

 
Original script drafts planned for Ian to be killed unintentionally by Charley who then goes mad and attacks Sydney; Emma shoots and kills Charley to save Sydney. - These plans were changed in the rewriting process.
 
Season time frame:
Since # 213 opened the day right after the final night of # 212 and - as it can be concluded from Lance's trip to Mexico - both these episodes have quite a tight time frame (depicting only six days), some time must remain unseen both between # 213 and the current episode and during the current episode. The latter conclusion can be drawn from the fact that, on day 2 of the current episode, Frank's phone call with the police implies that Chris has been gone for a longer period of time; so some time must have gone by between Chris' departure in night 1 and day 2.
Day 2 of the current episode is 12/24/1989 (Christmas Eve with the dinner at Falcon Crest). Ian St. James dies in the night of 12/24-25/1989 (Sunday to Monday).
Emma is in her second month of pregnancy according to her statement on day 1 of the current episode. So she must have been pregnant since about mid-October 1989.
 
 
# 215 <9.10> Danny
 
Early script drafts suggested that, in the opening scene, Emma and Sydney return in the morning of 12/25/1989 to the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion, having been interrogated by the police all night. - That idea was dropped.
 

The logo on the patrol car ("Tuscany Valley Sheriff") in front of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion is the oldest one known from the series. - The establishing shot was originally featured in # 001 and is reused now.

 
License plate number of the ambulance taking Ian's body to the forensics: 2B70687.
 

The filming location for the San Francisco restaurant (scene with Michael, Genele and Danny) is the restaurant at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, CA. For previous filmings at this hotel, see # 137 and 139.

 
Labeling name: Danny as short form for Daniel - meaning "God is my judge" (Hebrew origin) - reveals Danny's attitude to accept a higher power ruling over his life. This very well alludes to the fact that Danny takes up a subordinate rôle to his alleged father and will even let Michael Sharpe fight Danny's love interest, Sydney.
 

Product placement: Archive boxes by Acorn Office Products are shown in one of the offices in the Falcon Crest Winery Building.

 
The clip with the exterior shot of Sharpe's limo crusing through San Francisco is stock footage from a movie library.
The camera is placed on Drumm Street, following the car coming from Market Street (the building on the corner is the Matson Building, which posed as Channing Enterprises until the previous season), making a turn into Drumm. When the camera pans, where a view up west on California street offers a glance of the white triangular base of the 101 California Building (which posed as Gioberti Enterprises in seasons 6 and 7).
 
In the scene with Sharpe, Ed and Danny in Sharpe's limo, various streets of San Francisco can be seen through the back windows. The blue screen technique worked pretty well this time - this is a scene filmed entirely on the sound stage!
The first street to be seen through the rear window is a view southeast on Columbus Avenue. The most distinct buildings to be seen are the Transamerica Pyramid at the corner of Columbus Avenue, Washington Street and Montgomery Street and the green Columbus Tower at the intersection of Columbus Avenue and Kearny Street.
 
In the close-up of Danny, the intersection of Hyde Street and North Point Street is visible. The camera faces east while the limo is running south on Hyde.
 

After that, the block of Hyde Street beginning at North Point Street (cross street) is visible. The typical Victorian row houses are filmed towards east while the limo is running south on Hyde.

 
The close-up of Sharpe in his limo features a blue screen projection of the 2500 and 2400 blocks on Hyde Street (between Bay Street and Chestnut Street); the approximate position on the screen capture is across the T-crossing of Francisco street. The camera faces west while the limo is heading south. The concrete railing with Russian Hill Park in the background is visible.
 
In the next close-up of Danny, traveling further south on Hyde Street (camera facing east), the intersection of Hyde and Bay Street is visible.
 
In the following close-up of Sharpe, Hyde Street with the concrete railing and Russian Hill Park in the background is visible again. They are a little further south now than in Sharpe's previous close-up.
Mistake: The blue screen projection with the concrete railing in this and Sharpe's previous close-up are placed in the wrong order of the drive. Comparing both sides of Hyde Street, Sharpe's first close-up actually would have to be after shot of Danny at the intersection of Hyde and Bay and the following one with the three townhouses because the concrete railing and the park are further south on Hyde Street.
 

In the next close-up of Danny, traveling further south on Hyde Street (camera facing east), townhouses on Hyde between Bay Street and Francisco Street are visible.

 
In the following close-up of Michael, the visible cross street is Chestnut Street. The camera faces west while the limo is running further south on Hyde.
Mistake: Giving respect to the actual location, this blue screen projection is in the wrong place also because the intersection of Hyde and Chestnut is actually located further down south - after the following cross street visible in the next close-up of Danny.
 
In this close-up of Danny, traveling further south on Hyde Street (camera facing east), the intersection of Hyde and Francisco Street is visible.
 
When the camera focuses on Ed and the rear window again, Columbus Avenue (in southern direction) is visible again. This time, they are a little further up north, shortly after the 3-way intersection of Columbus with Greenwich Street and Mason Street.
Mistake: This blue screen projection does not make any sense because, as the following close-ups indicate, they are actually still on Hyde Street.
 
In the next close-up of Danny, traveling further south on Hyde Street (camera facing east), the intersection of Hyde and Chestnut Street is visible. Yerba Buena Island is in the background.
 
In the interior shot of the limo, Columbus Avenue is visible again through the rear window, just as at the beginning of the drive (reuse of the same clip).
Mistake: This route is illogical. The limo would have to have started driving along Columbus Avenue all over again from back south within a few seconds, which is just impossible.
 
In the last close-up of Michael in the limo, the intersection of Hyde Street an Vallejo Street is visible. The camera faces west while the limo travels further down south on Hyde. The characteristic blue apartment house on Vallejo Street is no longer there; it was replaced with lower row houses in 1987 already (the stck footage used for the blue screen projection is older).
 
Mistake: Click here for a *.pdf file with a visualization of Sharpe's limo ride through San Francisco on a map.
As good as the blue screen projection is this time from a technical standpoint, the various shots behind Michael, Ed and Danny do not match as far as the topography is concerned.
 
Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion interior set - inconsistency: The upper floor hallways are becoming more and more like a labyrinth. In the hallway, which led to Emma's bedroom in # 214, a T-shaped crossing with a hallway (adjacent to Emma's room) is featured now; it leads to double French doors; these double French doors, however, are the same as the ones featured in the hallway leading to Emma's bedroom in # 207 (compare there for the position of that bedroom set).
The secret of the set construction: The photos in the left column show the same hallway set - up to # 212 (last row) without the door, but with a wall and a picture in that place. This used to be the hallway leading to Angela's bedroom; but since the final scene in # 213 (see there), Emma's bedroom has been accessible from here.
The changes in the set might indicate that these are supposed to be different hallways in the upper floors of the mansion.
For more information about this interior set, also refer to # 220.
 
The redressed Walton House at WARNER BROS. STUDIOS doubles again as the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion in exterior shots (compare # 209 for details).
The perspective of Danny standing at the limo and Sydney at the window, however, does not match the real layout of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion and its surroundings. The limo is parked right in front of the mansion's entrance on the driveway. The way Sydney looks down to Danny and the limo creates the illusion the mansion might have an additional wing in a 45-degree angle towards the driveway.
The window, by the way, is a set, which does not match the architectural style of any of the windows in the real Villa Miravalle. The window and the wall behind Sydney are construction components rigged on a platform attached to a Titan crane next to the Walton House.
 

The exterior shots of the offices of Channing & Sampson are the former Bank of America headquarters (nowadays 555 California) in San Francisco. - The shape of the windows as seen in the interior shots (compare # 209), however, does not match the exteriors.

 
Mistake: In the scene with Richard, Emma and Stan Wallis, the attorney, the close-ups and wide angle shots of Richard and Emma are from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent when Richard's left arm is not around Emma's shoulder in one moment (close-up) whereas it is in the subsequent frame (wide angle).
Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
Early script drafts suggested that Richard's lawyer, Julius Karnow, also be Emma's lawyer. Only in later rewrites, the rôle was replaced by Stan Wallis.
 

The filming location for the Tuscany Valley hillside road where Sydney and Danny make out in his car is the driveway to the private home in Topanga Canyon that is used to portray the Daniels House.

 
Product placement: Sharpe mentions Ferragamo, the fashion company.
 
Despite LORIMAR's "new wardrobe for new season" policy, this episode, Emma wears the lilac night robe she already wore in season 8.
 
License plate number of Danny's blue Ford convertible: 2NBO647 - the same number as on Peter's silver / brown Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible in season 6 (compare # 132)!
By the way, the car itself is the very same prop used as Pilar's car in season 8 and the vehicle Carly drove once in season 7 (compare # 191).
 
Sharpe's new modern house is introduced (balcony set). - The exteriors of the house will be shown in # 219 for the first time.
 

Product placement: Sharpe reads Barron's, the weekly publication for investors from the publisher of the Wall Street Journal.

 
Product placement: When Richard and Lauren are at the soda shoppe, an ad for Chapman's Ice Cream, a real ice cream company, can be seen in the background.
 
The soda shoppe was a permanent interior set at LINDSEY STUDIOS (now VALENCIA STUDIOS) in Santa Clarita, CA.
 
Interesting prop: One of the bottles in the courtroom (in the middle) is an old bottle the prop masters surprisingly dug up: A Falcon Crest Cabernet Sauvignon from 1984.
 

The heavily filmed courtroom at LINDSEY STUDIOS (now VALENCIA STUDIOS) in Santa Clarita, CA (see # 210 for details) is used again for the shooting.

 
Actor RICHARDSON MORSE appears as a judge again. - Inconsistency: Whereas he was called Russell Cavendar in # 122 and 124, his last name has mysteriously changed to Weybourn now.
 

The Tuscany County Courthouse stenographer in the civil lawsuit between Sharpe and Emma (played by an uncredited extra) is the same court reporter known from various court proceedings and an FBI investigation (see # 054, 057, 078, 091, 098, 122, 154, 180 and 204).

 
An old clip of Riebmann's limo driving along River Road (from # 071) is reused. It is used to pose as Sharpe's limo (making this his third one, by the way) in the current episode.
The blue screen technique for the scenery seen through the back windows has improved compared to the previous episodes. But the marks on the road as seen through the back windows of the car are wrong; there are no marks on River Road at all. The second mistake is that the marks seen behind Danny are white, but the ones seen behind Ed are yellow because it is footage from different roads.
The footage behind Danny is the same as the one seen in # 209 (Lance's convertible). Compare there for another previous use of that footage.
 
Edited scene: Before Emma leaves the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion, she and Richard are sitting in the living room, looking at photos of Angela. - This part was edited in post-production.
 
Season time frame:
This episode opens the night of 12/24-25/1989. The following scene depicts the events on 12/27/1989, which can be concluded from the officer's statement that it has been 48 hours (re: Charley's disappearance).
The end of the episode (day 5) must be in January 1990; before the first meeting of Emma and Stan Wallis, her attorney, some time must have gone by. If there were not a few unseen days, the hearing in the lawsuit between Sharpe and Emma would be on Saturday, 12/30/1989, which would be completely unrealistic.
 
 
# 216 <9.11> Time Bomb
 
The shot of Genele in Sharpe's limousine in the current version of this season's main title (right screen capture) is from an unused version of the scene in # 214 (compare the left screen grab for the version used in that episode).
 
Season time frame: This episode continues where # 215 left off because Danny and Michael come back to Sharpe's office early in the morning after they left it late at night at the end of # 215.
 
Product placement: Jason Sampson mentions a Rolex watch.
 
Fictional entity: Pickett Plaza, another investment project, is mentioned.
 
Lighting mistake: One of the studio lights in the greenbeds above the interior set of Richard's house is in the wrong position. Strange reflections on DAVID SELBY are the result all through the scene with Richard and Jace.
 
Lauren's new car is a red Ford van.
 
The filming location for the La Serre restaurant in Tuscany is what used to be the actual restaurant by the same name on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City, CA. The restaurant closed in 1991; nowadays, the building houses The King's Head, also a restaurant.
 
Inside joke: The character of Jovan Dmytryk, the chess champion of Yugoslavia, is named after MICHAEL DMYTRYK, the show's first assistant director.
 
Jovan's suite at the Del Oro is basically the same interior set as the one used for Jane Callendar's room in Betsy's Motel in # 206, for Emma's Del Oro suite in # 207 and for Sydney and Ian's Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion guest bedroom in # 212 (see there). Only slight changes (repaint and new furniture as well as adding the same fireplace element that was in use for the season 8 Del Oro suite sets) were made for budgetary reasons.
 
Richard buys Jace out for $ 250,000 although his interest in the firm is worth $ 2.5 million.
 
Product placement: Sharpe mentions Tupperware, the kitchen supply company.
 

Product placement: The timer for Walker's time bomb is a model by the Micronta company.

 
Fictional entity: Dynacorp is one of Sharpe's subsidiaries.
 
Mistake: When Walker looks at the timer to check how much time he has left until the bomb goes off, it says 33 seconds. But the screen time does not match this time frame: 42 seconds will go by until the bomb really explodes.
 
The original bible for season 9 planned for Walker to move away rather than dying.
 
 
# 217 <9.12> Madness Descending
 
Season time frame:
In night 1 of the current episode, Frank comes back after three weeks looking for Chris. Since he did not appear in the two previous episodes and apparently started his search on 12/25 or 12/26/1989, this episode must open on Tuesday, 01/16 or Wednesday, 01/17/1990.
A few days must have gone by since the end of the previous episode. This becomes apparent because Danny has been working at Falcon Crest for some time and Sharpe's black eye (Walker hit him with the gun) is back to normal again now.
 
Mistake: In the scene with Frank, Genele and Sharpe in the Agretti Residence bedroom, the close-ups of Frank and Genele are from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent when Genele wears her bathrobe in one moment, but has it just wrapped around her body in the subsequent frame.
Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
Lance mentions the song "We Are the World" by USA FOR AFRICA.
 
Lance enters the Del Oro Spa Restaurant via the gallery. There is obviously a side entrance there.
 
The interior set for the Del Oro suite where Lance and Frank play strip poker with Alice and her friend consists of the same elements as the one used for Jovan's Del Oro suite (compare # 216 for details). The wall elements are arranged differently this time and the element with the fireplace is removed again.
 

Product placement: Sharpe wears a Nike sports shirt.

 
Fictional entity: Lauren's move is taken care of by Mancini Bros. Moving Company.
 

As in # 208, the hospital scene is filmed so closely to Angela's bed that she cannot be seen - because JANE WYMAN is no longer on the set.

 
Product placement: Lance mentions two real youth magazines to Sydney: Cosmo (i.e. Cosmopolitan) and Teen Beat (a pop scene youth magazine).
 
Cameraman's mistake: In the bedroom in Richard's house, a studio light hung above the set on the sound stage can be noticed on the upper edge of the screen for a short moment.
This bedroom, by the way, looks totally different from the set featured at the beginning of this season (compare # 207). This definitely has nothing in common with the ranch anymore. The gray wall opposite the bed is the one with the fireplace and the corner with the desk (compare # 208 and 211).
 
Sale sign at the Daniels house: "Custom log home. For sale by owner. Contact 555-7869." - This is probably Richard's phone number at home. As there is no area code listed, the Daniels home must also be located in the Tuscany Valley.
 
Why does Sharpe ask Otto, the Mercedes-Benz dealer, for a black convertible - such a car is right next to him and cannot be overlooked. - Another proof for the incompetence of the current crew! It is equally bad that not even GREGORY HARRISON seems to realize the trashy line in his character's dialog.
 
 
According to original script drafts, this episode's cliffhanger was supposed to be Sharpe informing Genele that Frank hanged himself in his jail cell. The writers wanted to use Frank's suicide as the only way for him to overcome his obsession with sexually manipulative Genele. - In the end, however, the writing staff decided to leave the possibility for Frank's return open.
 
 
# 218 <9.13> Four Women
 
Fictional entity: Another company is mentioned in context with one of Richard's business deals: Cumberland.
 
The explanation for Richard's new office, Channing & Associates (Channing & Company in early script drafts), is a new floor in the same building. - But this is actually a complete new filming location in a low-rise office building at the corner of Burbank Boulevard and Owensmouth Avenue in Woodland Hills, CA.
 
Mistake: In the scene with Genele and Danny in the Agretti Residence, the close-ups of them are from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent because Genele's hands are in a slightly different position in subsequent frames.
Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
According to original script drafts, the scene with Danny asking Genele to have sex with him, a storyline that came out of nowhere and lead to nowhere, was supposed to be totally different: Sharpe told Genele to make a man of Danny.
 
Mistake: In the scene with Richard and Pilar in his new office, the close-ups of them are from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent when only the cover of the folder Pilar is holding is opened in the first frame, but another page is opened in the subsequent frame (filmed from across).
Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 

The elevator in which Richard confronts Jace (presumably at his apartment building) is actually located in the clubhouse of the Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club at the yacht harbor in Marina Del Rey, CA.

 

The clothes store where Pilar and Sydney are shopping is actually the changing room in the clubhouse of the Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club at the yacht harbor in Marina Del Rey, CA.

 
Sharpe's yacht is at slip 12 of Sausalito Yacht Club. The filming location is the yacht harbor in Marina Del Rey, CA - Mindanao Way. The Burton W. Chace Park in Marina Del Rey, CA is visible in the background.
 
The payphone (Sydney calls Lance) is actually on the northern side of Mindanao Way just near the entrance to the Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club.
 

Danny now drives a dark gray Mercedes-Benz SEC Coupé.

 
 
Fictional entity: Unidak is another company Richard wanted to do business with.
 
Fictional entity: Jason Sampson is now Vice President of Oakmont National Bank.
 
Season time frame: Richard forced Jace to leave Channing & Sampson two weeks ago. That was in # 216, i.e. around the first or second week of January 1990, thus making it around the end of January 1990 now. Apparently, a few days or even weeks must have gone by between # 217 and the current episode because Lauren had already been released from the hospital at the beginning of the current episode.
 

The driveway to Richard's house where Lauren comes out in her van, is near the heavily filmed fence on the CBS-MTM backlot (compare # 086, 1896 and 195). As Genele parks in front of the gate and walks up to the front door, it seems that Richard's house is not the ranch anymore.

 
The hillside road from where Danny and Sydney enjoy the nightly view over Tuscany (the view of the town is stock footage) is actually the berm near the heavily filmed bend behind stage 4 on the CBS-MTM backlot, which was also used for # 207 and 213 (see there) as well as # 073, 084, 089, 113, 121, 135, 137, 172, 174, 176, 180, 191, 192, 196, 197, 199 and 203.
 

The terrace of Michael Sharpe's house is actually the rooftop terrace of the Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club at the yacht harbor in Marina Del Rey, CA.

 
 
# 219 <9.14> Brotherly Love
 
Since the new producers apparently have no more use for Chao-Li, CHAO-LI CHI is removed from the main title until he will return in # 225. This policy is also hard to understand for the actor.
 
The current episode brings this season's weird writing to a climax:
At the beginning of this episode, it seems Michael Sharpe does not know scrambled eggs. - Where did he grow up?!
Then, a both crazy and disgusting almost-incest-like storyline makes its way to the screen. It seems the writers had to rush to create an idea hastily and bring it to an end just at the end of this episode hastily again.
Pilar and Lance's relationship to Sydney is presented as sort of parent-like - but they are just eight / eleven years older than her.
Finally, this episode's trashy writing culminated in creating an affair between Richard and Genele in the original script draft (sex in the shower). Fortunately, DAVID SELBY refused to play the scene because he thought it was out of character for Richard. So at least that part of the script was changed.
After one of the most troubled episodes of the season (# 211), the current episode is similarly bad, thus resulting in the show's loss of another 500,000 viewers.
 

Exterior and interior shots of Sharpe's new house are featured for the first time. It remains unanswered, however, if it is located in Tuscany, on the outskirts of San Francisco or maybe in Sausalito where his yacht is.

 
Michael Sharpe's nickname for Lauren is "Earth Mother".
 
Michael Sharpe's favorite meal is lasagna.
 
Cast background: WENDY PHILLIPS had her husband, SCOTT PAULIN, guest-cast as Joey Walts.
 
Mistake: In the scene with Lauren and Joey in Sharpe's kitchen, Lauren has some teaspoons in both her hands first (filmed towards her); in the subsequent frame, however, her right hand is on the coffeepot (filmed towards Joey). These close-ups are from various takes that were combined in the editing process.
Check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details about this troubled filming technique.
   
Real life allusion: Danny mentions band leader OZZIE NELSON.
 
A San Francisco restaurant named Micenzo's is mentioned; Lauren and Joey are said to have had lunch there.
 
Mistake: In the scene with Danny and Lance in the Falcon Crest Winery Building office, several envelopes are on Danny's desk (filmed towards him) in one moment; in the subsequent frame, Danny holds these letters in his hands (filmed towards Lance). This happens several times during the scene. These close-ups are from various takes that were combined in the editing process.
Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
In the background of all scenes in the Falcon Crest Winery Building, the bottling machine is running all the time - this will also be the case in the following episodes until the show ends.
 
Product placement: Lauren mentions the TV game show "Wheel of Fortune".
 
Mistake: In the scene with Sharpe and Lauren having breakfast, Lauren puts her fork down and uses the napkin (filmed towards her) in one moment; in the subsequent frame, she holds the fork again (filmed from behind her). These close-ups are from various takes that were combined in the editing process.
Check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details about this troubled filming technique.
 
Joey and Sharpe have been friends since they were 12 - according to Joey, for 25 years. This has to be just a rough estimation because, as Michael stated, Joey is 39 years old. - Or is the script writer unable to count and calculate?
 
Mistake: In the scene when Lauren leaves Sharpe's house, Lauren's right hand is in different positions on Sharpe's chest or shoulder in subsequent frames. These close-ups are from various takes that were combined in the editing process.
Again, this is a result of the troubled close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
 
# 220 <9.15> Finding Lauren
 
The filming locations for the scenes with Lauren in San Francisco are at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Descanso Drive in Silver Lake, CA, a part of Greater L.A.
The stairs Lauren climbs up in the opening scene are actually located between a loop of Descanso Drive. Lauren is actually walking in western direction.
 
Sophisticated editing of all following scenes in what is supposed to be Chinatown in San Francisco creates the illusion Lauren is walking a longer way although all filming locations are at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Descanso Drive in Silverlake, CA. After each cut, the same corner is featured basically from different angles.
The first angle shows Sunset Boulevard (camera facing east). The second angle shows the Restaurant America (which is the same location used inside as the diner later this episode) directly at the corner of Sunset and Descanso; the building has been remodeled since the shooting and houses another restaurant nowadays. In this segment, Lauren is actually walking in northern direction.
 

The next few frames are also along Sunset Boulevard, directly next to the building where the Restaurant America used to be. In this segment, Lauren is actually walking in southern direction, i.e. in the opposite direction as in the previous segment.

 

Finally, Bay Vue Furnished Apartments is an apartment building on Descanso Drive, quite close to the corner at Sunset. In the background, the building housing the Restaurant America can be spotted right next to the Bay Vue. Lauren is actually walking in eastern direction in this segment.

 

Product placement: Michael, Kevin and Richard play with a Nintendo Gameboy.

 

Product placement: Again, there is a bottle of Perrier mineral water on Sharpe's desk in his office.

 

Lack of coordination between scripts and props: Whereas Lauren lives in apartment 4C of the Bay Vue, a building leasing furnished apartments in Chinatown in San Francisco, she tells Ellen, her colleague at the diner, she lives at the Residence Hotel.

 
Interesting prop: An old bottle of Gioberti Winery white wine is on Danny's desk in his Falcon Crest Winery Building office. - It remains a mystery why it is on his desk. As implied by the previous seasons, Angela no longer sold wines under that label after she took over the property. So what is Danny doing with this old bottle now?
 
For good reason, DAVID SELBY is apparently becoming more and more tired of the trashy storylines this season: When Ellen pours him the coffee, the turnaround, the quick movement of his right hand and the way he glances the waitress, is not very Richard-like - it is all DAVID's body language, obviously lost in thoughts far away from his work.
 

The filming location for Tarot Cards, the psychic reading business, is a store in the building complex next to what used to be the Restaurant America on Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake, CA. It is a furniture store nowadays.

 
Richard tells Lauren he went to a lot of places with Maggie, including Santa Barbara (a bed & breakfast). - When did that happen? They both never had much chance to travel a lot. Since Maggie and Richard became a couple, there was hardly any longer period of time in the series when something like that could have happened without the audience being involved. The only time might have been between during # 165 and between # 169 and 170 (check out the season 7 background information on the respective time frame of those episodes).
The storyline about Richard's obsession with his dead wife Maggie is not dealt with seriously - first, it is hard to believe how suddenly this problem came up; secondly, it is even harder to believe it could be solved in such a short period of time; and thirdly, Richard, as he was pictured over the last few years, would not try to make a second Maggie out of Lauren - what an inappropriate feature of Richard's character.
 
Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion interior set - inconsistencies:
After new hallways were built behind the western wall of the living room last season, which was an illogic thing to do (compare # 193), this episode features a shot through the open right French door next to the fireplace; the hallway was apparently extended to a really vast new wing.
This current hallway, by the way, looks exactly like the upstairs hallway, which led to Emma's bedroom until around mid-season (compare the screen capture from # 208). - The set designers' secret is that this is the very same hallway of course because they built all the mansion's upstairs rooms right behind the living room on the sound stage this season.
 
Sharpe's nickname for Sydney is "Little Lady Macbeth".
 
For obviously no reason - just to do something crazy and change himself - Lance gets three tattoos: LORENZO's real-life tattoos! The camera shows only two of them; the third one is only referred to in dialog (it is on the inner part of the right forearm). This is another ridiculous storyline coming from nowhere and leading to nowhere in this disastrous season! It is also strange how fast the healing process of Lance's skin went.
The only advantage is that the make-up artists no longer have to worry about his tattoos - the show being just seven episodes away from its finale, this seems to be really economic and strategic planning...
 
Mistake: In the scene when Lance presents his tattoos to Pilar, the close-ups are from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent when Lance's hands are on Pilar's collar in one moment (filmed towards Pilar), and on Pilar's upper arms in the subsequent frame (filmed towards Lance).
Check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details about this troubled filming technique.
 
 
# 221 <9.16> Walking Money
 
The establishing shot of the San Francisco Bay Area is a northern aerial view over the Golden Gate Bridge. It is footage taken during the shooting of season 3; this is an earlier part of the same helicopter flight that also delivered the background footage presented on DAVID SELBY's season 6 main title card.
 
The establishing clip of the Golden Gate Bridge is followed by another establishing shot of Sausalito (Richardson Bay) before the first scene in Sharpe's office. The clip, which is stock footage from a film library, features a southwestern view of Issaquah Dock in the famous houseboat area in Sausalito, CA.
This clip means that Sharpe's office must be located in Sausalito. The fact that only low-rise buildings can be seen through the windows in that office also underlines this conclusion. But where in Sausalito could a 16-storey building (Sharpe's headquarters as seen in # 226) be located?
 
Mistake: In the scene with Sharpe and Danny in Sharpe's office, Danny's hand is not on the desk in the first frame (filmed towards him); in the next frame, however, it is on the desk (filmed from across). These close-ups are from various takes that were combined in the editing process.
Check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details about this troubled filming technique.
 
Mistake: In the scene with Danny, Sydney, Pilar and Lance in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion sun room, Danny's wine glass is on the table in the close-up; in the subsequent wide angle shot, however, he holds it in his left hand. These shots are from various takes that were combined in the editing process.
Only a few seconds later, yet another mistake of that kind occurs: When Pilar and Lance leave, Danny's glass is already empty in the wide angle shot. But it is full again in the following close-up although nobody poured him more wine.
Once again, these are the mistakes caused by the filming technique; see # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
The apartment house where Danny lives is the same building where Claudia Chadway lived in season 7, a heavily used LORIMAR location, which is located quite near the old LORIMAR STUDIOS (previously MGM STUDIOS, nowadays SONY PICTURES STUDIOS), next to Tellefson Park in Culver City, CA.
The interiors, however, are shot in a suite at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, a big and famous hotel torn down in 2005 and meanwhile replaced with the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools. Opened in 2010, the new school building was designed to match the outer shell of the historic Ambassador Hotel's main wing, including the hip roof, and named in memory of the presidential candidate who was assassinated at the hotel in 1968.
 

 

Real life allusions: A poster of ELVIS PRESLEY is in Danny's apartment.

 

The San Francisco bar where Genele meets Brian is a bar in the former Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.

 

The filming location for Brian's apartment is the bedroom in the same suite at the former Ambassador Hotel, which poses as Danny's apartment.

 
Fictional entity: Michael Sharpe has the pictures including the hidden bearer bonds sent via an airfreight company named Global Courier.
 
The filming location for the Global Courier delivery depot is the delivery area of the fomrer Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.
 
Cast and crew background: This episode's director, TIM HUNTER, obviously likes working with actor TAYLOR NEGRON. When HUNTER directed # 168, NEGRON joined the guest cast as Roger MacDonald. Now he is back again as another character, Wendell Carver.
 
Richard's nickname for Danny is "Mr. Warmth".
 
Sharpe Capital Ventures (the name is mentioned in # 222 for the first time) has several offices on the U.S. West Coast; the San Francisco or Sausalito offices are the headquarters.
 

Fictional entity: Genele tries to sell the bearer bond to the Century Brokerage Corporation.
 
The filming location for the offices are offices in the former Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.

 

The Sharpe Capital Ventures parking lot and the walkway to it are parts of the grounds of the former Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, which was torn down in the early 2000's.

 

The red Volvo sedan is used as a prop again; this time, on the parking lot of Sharpe Capital Ventures (compare # 055 for details).

 
Genele now drives a white coupé.
 
Real life allusion: Sharpe mentions the Top of the Mark, the real restaurant on the top floor of the Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco.
 
J. PATRICK McNAMARA, the actor who plays Bert, Richard's broker, this episode, also portrayed Maggie's doctor in season 5.
 
Bert's office is actually another office in the former Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.
 

The scene with Richard, Lauren and the kids in the park is shot on the heavily filmed park on the backlot of CBS-MTM STUDIOS again (compare # 135).

 
Sharpe has a broker in the South Bay, i.e. the southern part of San Francisco Bay Area.
 

The alley in San Francisco where Sharpe meets Johnny Sacco is actually My Three Sons Street on the backlot of CBS-MTM STUDIOS, just between sound stages 12 and 16/17.

 
JAMES DiSTEFANO, the actor who plays Johnny Sacco beginning this episode, also portrayed the (uncredited) percussionist during the recording of Apollonia's demo tape in season 5.
 
Real life allusion: Johnny Sacco mentions the Indy 500, the 500-mile Indianapolis car race (established 05/30/1911).
 
Another Tuscany restaurant is mentioned: Rudolpho's. Michael is having dinner there when he gets the call about Danny's "accident".
 
 
# 222 <9.17> Vigil
 
Tentative title: Redemption, Retribution and Revenge.
 
This episode's final title, Vigil, is almost identical with the one of # 027 and 198 (The Vigil). Using old titles again seems inappropriate, in particular because the tentative title was more creative.
 
The earliest writer's draft was very different from what the episode finally became. Here is an overview of the most striking differences (in chronological order of the respective scenes):
  • In accordance with the original bible for season 9, Sydney was supposed to stay the whole season. In the final version, however, she was written off without CARLA GUGINO appearing in this episode.
  • Original plans for this episode included a dream sequence as an episode opener: Sydney was supposed to have a nightmare about Danny dying in the operating room while she is one of the nurses during the operation; Sharpe reprimands her for killing his son. When Sydney wakes up in the hospital waiting room, Pilar is there to console her. - The scene was omitted.
  • Sharpe tries to cheer up Lauren in the waiting room at the hospital by bringing her a Mishkin doll their dad had brought them from Russia. - The scene was omitted.
  • Detective Craig from Homicide (San Francisco Police Department) informs Sharpe at the hospital that the brakes were tampered with. The detective later comes to Sydney to the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion (exterior scene on the driveway) to interrogate her. They have a conversation with Lance and Pilar present in the living room in the next scene. - All these scenes were rewritten, the detective abolished and replaced by Officer Kuvic from the Tuscany Valley Police Department speaking with Lance and Pilar about the details of the automobile "accident".
  • Anne Bowen was supposed to appear with her new husband, Gary Mason, a psychiatrist or psychologist curing "Manhattan crazies" (quote from the writers' draft) in New York. The original character description for Anne was "a pretty ANNE ARCHER type"; for Gary "distinguished and professorial, conservatively dressed".
  • To find out more about Danny's "accident", Sydney and Pilar were supposed to lure Nick Massoud, Sharpe's chauffeur, into a van where Lance is waiting. They are very seductive to get him there - obviously the previous scripts must have been written in a way so Nick would not know them. The introduction for Nick's scene was: "Nick, Sharpe's driver / mechanic, is enjoying some inhibited girl watching on his day off. He wears a sleeveless tank top and shorts to show off his good build for the women he's trying to impress. He leans up against a mailbox licking an ice cream cone suggestively and making comments to the women who cross his path. Two teenage girls walk by carrying some shopping bags. Nick whistles. They giggle and quicken their pace." - This description indicates that the writer intended to go for another cheap sex-loaded scene.
  • Later, Sydney uses the statement from Nick about the "accident" to force Sharpe into a meeting with Lance and Pilar. They blackmail him into signing over Falcon Crest. Before he signs, he wants to see Nick. When they enter the wine cellar, they find Nick dead. Sharpe now refuses to sign the deed and threatens Pilar and Lance to let the police know about Nick if they continue trying to blackmail him. The next scene reveals Sharpe paid Chalo for killing Nick.
  • When Danny wakes up after the operation, he is visited by Sharpe and Anne. Sharpe says he will have food brought in for him from a restaurant named Hugo's. - The scene was omitted, and it was only mentioned that Danny would survive in the final version; DAVID SHEINKOPF had no on-screen appearance.
  • Sharpe wants to sleep with Anne in a suite at the Del Oro. When they rediscover their passion for each other, she asks him to sign over Falcon Crest to Richard to make peace: "Then I'll know. Then I'm yours." - These initial plans were completely dropped.
  • Walker was intended to be still alive as Lauren says to Richard, referring to their engagement: "I am not even divorced yet!" - While the season was progressing, the producers decided to skip their initial plans and kill off Walker in # 216.
  • Danny is picked up by Sydney, Pilar and Lance from the hospital so they can take care of him at Falcon Crest.
  • When Anne tells Sharpe she cannot sleep with him although Sharpe offered Richard to sign the deed for Falcon Crest later, he rips her clothes open and rapes her in the back of his limo while Jimmy (his new driver after Nick's death) drives along a country road. After that, Anne confesses Danny is Richard's child. Sharpe wants to strangle her, but Jimmy says rape is one thing, murder another so Sharpe lets her go. He comes to Falcon Crest where Richard just signed the documents that had already been prepared by Sharpe, who now wants to call off the deal, but it is too late because everything has been signed and Falcon Crest is Richard's now.
 
There is hardly an episode that can be more illogical than this one. The script is such a primitive work that almost any scene is a contradiction to another piece of dialog in this episode, let alone all the contradictions in the show's history.
 

Product placement: Michael, Kevin and Richard play with a Nintendo Gameboy again.

 
The original choice for the name of Dr. Lewis was Dr. Mitchell.
 
Strange: Why should Sydney's car be registered in Danny's name?
 

The southern entrance of the CBS-MTM administration building is used as the entrance of Sharpe Capital Ventures. - The company sign finally reveals the company name.

 

Inside joke: An advert with a photo of ANA-ALICIA is on the wall in the hospital waiting area. - It had already been featured in # 162 (see there).

 

License plate number of Lance's new white Porsche 911 convertible: 2MTW473 - the same plate as on Danny's dark gray Mercedes-Benz SEC in # 219. What a prop policy!

 
The Oyster Bowl Bar in San Francisco is shown; it is the favorite in-scene place of Sharpe's secretary, Connie Johnson.
 
The original choice of name for Connie Johnson was Mrs. Clark.
 
The filming location for the Oyster Bowl Bar is what used to be Des Regan's Irish Pub (nowadays Great American Joe's Bar & Grill) in Burbank, CA. In # 197, the interiors of the same location posed as the Roadhouse in Tuscany.
 
The illuminated Taco Bell sign of the actual fast food place next door is visible in the background.
 
Inconsistency: Lance meets Connie at the Oyster Bowl Bar under the false name Gerry Gray, pretending to be interested in her. But Connie should know him from previous episodes when he came to Sharpe's office. Or does Lance's muscle shirt make him look so much different from his usual appearance in a tailored suit?
 
Strange: Why does Genele stay at the Del Oro now? What about the Agretti Residence? Since Frank was imprisoned (# 217), the Agretti Vineyards have obviously been forgotten. No word will ever be mentioned again about who now is the executor of Melissa's estate. - Shame on this staff's crazy work.
 
Lance looks for Nick Massoud, Sharpe's chauffeur, at the Playtime, a topless dancing bar in San Francisco.
 
The San Francisco street Lance and Richard drive along shortly before they arrive at the Playtime is actually the corner of Cahuenga Boulevard and Riverside Drive in North Hollywood, CA. In the background, a real store (Vandome Liqours) can be spotted.
 
The close-up in front of the Playtime and the interiors of the bar are filmed at what used to be the real Playtime (nowadays called Burlesque Girls Girls Girls) on Sherman Way in North Hollywood, CA.
 
ALAN KOSS, the actor who plays Hank, a guy at the Playtime bar, this episode, also portrayed Detective Brill, an alleged police detective hired by the Thirteen, in season 7.
 

SHAHRAD VOSSOUGHI is replaced by a stunt double when Richard knocks Nick Massoud out with the door of Lance's car.

 
Original choices for the name of Anne Bowen in earlier script drafts were Anne Compton (maiden name) and Anne Mason (married name).
 
Mistake: In the scene with Lauren and Anne in the waiting room at the hospital, Anne's hands are in different positions on / around her coffee cup in subsequent frames (depending on the direction from where the scene is filmed). These close-ups are from various takes that were combined in the editing process.
Check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details about this troubled filming technique.
 
Johnny Sacco works in Haley's Garage on 34th Street in San Francisco; his shift usually starts at 6:00 AM. - Later, Lance and Richard, however, are waiting for Sacco in front of a garage called Keith Cline Automotive and say that he works there. - The scripts are getting worse and worse!
 
The filming location is a real body shop on West Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank, CA - actually next to the location that is used as the Oyster Bowl Bar (see above). The entrance to the body shop is actually on North Rose Street; Lance is waiting in front of that entrance when Richard arrives, coming from West Magnolia. The body shop, which used to be Keith Cline Auomotive in real life, is nowadays called Julian's Automotive.
 
The place where Richard and Lance talk to Sacco is filmed on an alley behind the aforementioned body shop and a residential area.
 
Season time frame:
According to Richard's statement in night 1 of the current episode, Angela's condition has not changed in six months - she has been in the coma since 09/15/1989 (see # 207). So it must be at least around mid-March 1990, which comes rather close to the airdate of this episode.
This leads to the conclusion that there must have been several unseen periods of time since # 218. These unseen days or even weeks most likely went by between # 220 and 221 and during # 221.
It is very strange, however, that Danny said on day 5 of # 221 his 20th "birthday is four months away". This is in contrast to Anne and Lauren mentioning Danny was born in February (1970), which makes the season time frame a complete mystery.
 
Inconsistency: Danny was obviously taken to a hospital in San Francisco because there is a view of Nob Hill (Mark Hopkins Hotel) from the windows of the waiting room (a photographic projection on the sound stage).
From a conversation between Lance and Richard it can be derived this is the hospital where Angela is. - But in previous episodes, it was obvious that Angela was treated at the Queen of the Valley Hospital. Also # 225 will feature an establishing clip of the QVH before the scene in Angela's room.
Also nurse Natalie - usually at the QVH, where she takes care of Angela - is working at the hospital where Danny is treated in the current episode.
So which hospital is this?!
 
 
# 223 <9.18> Dark Streets
 
Similarly bad as # 211, this episode is one of the darkest hours of the series. Pilar as a bag lady in the slums of San Francisco and Lance and Richard hunting Johnny Sacco on the dark streets around the bay are enough of disgusting storylines to make the audience sick.
Considering the show was once famous for its abundant location filming in the beautiful scenery of Northern California's Wine Country, this is the ultimate downfall.
After this horrible episode, CBS takes the show off the air for a while; the series will return for the last few episodes only about six weeks later. Another half a million viewers will be lost after this disastrous episode, thus resulting in the next two episodes landing the lowest market share (only 13 % each) in the show's history.
 
All exterior shots for the slums in San Francisco (Mooshy Tucker's neighborhood) are from the then-deserted and dilapidated Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery in Downtown Los Angeles. This industrial site used to be the L.A. Steam Plant # 3 of the Edison Electric Company in the early 1900's. Most recently, the site was redeveloped as the LA Brewery, an arts district with lots of galleries and trendy lofts.
 
Season time frame: There must be a short time gap between # 222 and this episode because Danny gets out of the hospital now.
 
DAVID SHEINKOPF gets a new hairdo and gets rid of his ponytail specifically for the storyline about Danny's brain surgery. - Of course, he is not bald now under his bandage as the storyline suggests.
 
Mistake: Sharpe first lifts his right hand in the wide angle shot, but lifts his left hand in the subsequent close-up.
Again, this is the usual mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
Mooshy Tucker lives in apartment 12 in an apartment house in the slums of San Francisco.
 
Real life allusion: Mooshy mentions the Salvation Army.
 
The interior set of Anne's Del Oro suite is basically the same as Genele's room in the previous episode.
It is, by the way, the usual set, with wall elements rearranged and minor changes in furniture, filmed from a different angle only (compare # 217 for its previous use).
The chest of drawers in Genele's suite (# 222), by the way, is the very same prop as in Emma's Del Oro suite (# 207).
 
Fictional entity: Brian, Sharpe's employee, mentions a corporation, SpectraMart; one share is said to be $ 17 on the stock market.
 

Product placement: Anne and Sharpe drink Perrier mineral water.

 
Mistake: In the scene with Sharpe and Anne at the Del Oro Spa Restaurant, Sharpe has his hands around his glass, although he did not touch the glass in the preceding frame filmed from across.
Again, this is the usual mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
Real life allusion: At the bar in the scene with Pilar and Mooshy, there is a pennant of UCLA (University of California at Los Angeles) on the wall in the background.
 
The filming location for the seedy bar in San Francisco is what actually used to be The Subway, a diner right across the main entrance of CBS-MTM STUDIOS in Studio City, CA (nowadays A Ca Shi Sushi Bar). - For previous uses of this location, compare # 176 and 195.
 

Product placement: Danny reads the Wine Spectator magazine, a real publication.

 
License plate number of Lance's gray rental car: 2PEK462.
 
The filming location for this scene in the alley in the slums of San Francisco was an exterior set on the backlot of CBS-MTM STUDIOS. It was the alley behind the commissary My Three Sons Street near stage 11. For other scenes filmed in that set, refer to # 152, 165, 183 and 185. - This set was completely revamped around 2003.  
Both Richard and Sharpe love homemade apple pie.
 
Historic allusion: Mooshy mentions the Queen of Shiba.
 

Mooshy drives an old red Volkswagen Beetle.

 
 
# 224 <9.19> Crimes of the Past
 
Tentative title: Crimes.
 
This is the first of the four final episodes after the unusual hiatus (compare # 223). This episode, however, was entirely filmed before the hiatus.
The show now airs in a new timeslot, Thursdays at 9:00 PM.
 
The later the season, the more laughable the episodes become. There are not even old establishing clips of the famous locations put between the scenes anymore.
 
Season time frame:
This episode opens one day after Lance and Pilar got a hold of Sacco (i.e. since the end of # 223).
Since Richard was imprisoned, approximately six months have gone by - this seems to be a rough estimation considering Angela was said to have been in a coma for about half a year in # 222.
 
Strange: Danny's hair has grown quite fast after the operation.
 
Allusion to the movie industry: The confrontation between Richard and Sharpe in his office reminds Sharpe of a remake of the movie "High Noon" starring GARY COOPER.
 
Different camera angles: The camera angle during Richard's dialog in the scene with Sharpe in his office in the current episode is different from the one in the sneak preview featured at the end of # 223 - where a wide angle of Richard (left screen grab) was presented.
 

The filming location for the park in the Tuscany Valley (scene with Lauren and Michael) is east of the lagoon on the CBS-MTM backlot.

 

The old prop photo of Anne, Danny and Michael is a bad montage; especially GREGORY HARRISON's head appears to be inserted into the photograph.

 
Once again, new gate pillars on the Falcon Crest grounds - different from the ones in # 207 (compare there) - are featured. - Surprisingly, the prop masters even added the falcon coat of arms to them (see yellow mark - hardly recognizable).
The filming location for this Falcon Crest Driveway near the Winery Building is above the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round in Los Feliz in Greater L.A. The frame on the right screen capture (above) was filmed with the camera facing southeast. Lance and Pilar's rental car (in the foreground on the right) is on the connection between the northers and southern parking lot of the carousel. Behind the divider is the unpaved upper part of the Fire Road.
 
As Sharpe explains, it is approximately half a mile from the Falcon Crest Winery Building up to the gate (with the white pillars).
 
Real life allusion: Sharpe mentions magician HARRY HOUDINI.
 
Sharpe's office is located on the second floor of the Sharpe Capital Ventures building when Richard presses the button in the elevator.
There are ten buttons for nine floors and the parking garage. - Inconsistency: The building shown in # 226 has 16 floors.
 
Mysterious: How does Sacco get right in front of Sharpe's home? Are there neither any alarm systems nor security guards?
 
The scene with head nurse Natalie making up Angela's room and saying she left the hospital is shown in the sneak preview at the end of this episode for the next episode. It will also be shown before the main title of # 225 again - contrary to this season's program practice. But it is not featured in any of the regular four acts of the following episode. This indicates the scene was added later when JANE WYMAN let the producers know she wanted to return at very short notice for the three final episodes.
It remains a mystery, however, when this scene exactly takes place in the plot. As it will be revealed in # 225 (day 5), Angela was released more than a week ago, but # 225 apparently opens the day after the finale of # 224, the scene must refer to a certain point of time during # 224 or even before the episode from a chronological standpoint.
 
Post-production mistake: The final scene in the sneak preview for # 225 (Angela and Sharpe in their limousines) was accidentally flip-flopped in the transfer from film to video. In # 225, however, this scene will be aired properly (compare screen capture).
 
 
# 225 <9.20> The Return
 
JANE WYMAN returns for the three final episodes to help save the series end. So does CHAO-LI CHI.
Most parts of these three final episodes were filmed during the hiatus after CBS canceled the show after # 223.
Beginning this episode, DAVID SELBY plays his rôle much more intensely again. Now he seems to be old Richard again. - Is this caused by JANE's return, the short vacation between # 224 and 225 or by learning this trashy season and also the series will eventually come to an end soon?
 
The shutdown of Richard's company offices, Channing & Associates, is taken care of by Mancini Bros. Moving Company.
 
An old night clip of a short Lincoln Town Car limousine driving along a bend is reused. - In # 214, it posed as Sharpe's limo leaving Falcon Crest, now it is Richard's heading towards Falcon Crest. - Not an appropriate way of cutting down production costs.
License plate number: 3B086C7.
 
Editing mistake: The position of the limo, which is supposed to be parked on the driveway in front of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion, and the view of the mansion from Richard and Lauren's point of view do not match. They both should rather be much closer to the mansion because the driveway is directly in front of it. - This is caused by the fact that the editors have stock footage of the house only.
 
The positive aspect about the shot, however, is that this is a previously unused clip of the house.
 
Genele now obviously lives in an apartment she rented. - What happened to the Agretti Residence?
 

Lighting mistake: One of the studio lights in the greenbeds above the interior set of the reception area in Sharpe's office is in the wrong position. Strange reflections on ANDREA THOMPSON are the result in the scene with Genele.

 
Angela was in room 159 at the Queen of the Valley Hospital.
 

Lighting mistake: Too many lamps in the corridor of the Queen of the Valley Hospital are switched on; a strange reflection from one of them on LORENZO LAMAS is the result in the scene with Lance, Pilar and nurse Natalie.

 
The initial script contained a scene with Lance and Pilar consulting with Angela's lawyer after she disappeared from the hospital. Lance concludes from that meeting that Chao-Li has been taking care of Angela in a secret place. The final version that went on the air, however, never explained where Angela was until she returned to Falcon Crest.
 
Mistake: Kevin's hands are in different positions in subsequent frames in the scene with Lauren, Michael and Kevin in Richard's kitchen because these are various takes combined in the editing process.
Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
Mistake: Richard touches Lauren's hand with both his hands first. In the subsequent frame (filmed from across), however, his left hand touches her shoulder. The footage is from various takes combined in the editing process.
Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
Mistake: Genele puts both her legs on the table in Sharpe's yard first, in the next frame (filmed from across), however, only her right leg is on the table. The footage is from various takes combined in the editing process.
This is the typical mistake just described again - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
License plate number of Michael Sharpe's black Lincoln Town Car Pullman limousine: 3N864A9.
 

The place where Angela and Sharpe meet in Tuscany is near CBS-MTM office building 5. - That is a multi-purpose building, last seen as the Meridian Children's Shelter (see # 208) and in the previous season as the Tuscany Interstate Bank (compare # 187).

 
Season time frame:
This episode opens one day after the end of # 224.
Danny says he has been with Sharpe for six months - a very rough estimation considering he came to town towards the end of the previous year (# 215). It is hardly any later than mid-April 1990 now: # 222 depicted the events around mid-March, and only 13 days plus an undefined - but rather short - unseen period of time between # 222 and 223 (see there) went by since then.
Angela woke up from her coma more than one week ago according to day 5 of the current episode. As discussed in # 224 (re: the scene with nurse Natalie), this must have happened during # 224 or even # 223. It will be a mystery where Angela stayed in the meantime.
 
 
# 226 <9.21> Danny's Song
 
Michael Sharpe lists a few Eastern Bloc countries: Latvia, Lithuania, Albania and - strangely enough - Transylvania. - Since Transylvania is not a country, but only a region in Romania, the big question is if Michael Sharpe or the script writers of this episode are geographically incompetent.
 
Deleted scene: At the Del Oro Spa Restaurant bar, Richard drowns his anger about Danny being his son in a glass of milk. A cocktail waitress (played by TAYLOR LEIGH) is trying to talk him into having something stronger like vodka, gin, whiskey or... spending the night with her. But he leaves all by himself. This scene was removed before the show went on the air.
 

The southern entrance of the CBS-MTM administration building poses as Sharpe Plaza. Contrary to # 222, the sign with the company name, Sharpe Capital Ventures, is nowhere to be seen this time.

Whereas the Sharpe Plaza is portrayed by the CBS-MTM administration building, the scenes featuring Danny threatening to jump off the office building are filmed on the roof of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Long Beach. - An embarrassing mistake: The Queen Mary, a cruise liner which was turned into a hotel and has been docked in Long Beach since 1969, can be seen in the background (see mark) - although the city is supposed to resemble San Francisco or Sausalito on the show... The silliest choice of filming location ever!
 
Real life allusion: Sharpe mentions the Betty Ford Center, the alcohol treatment center and drug rehabilitation clinic. - Inside joke: It is an open secret that GREGORY HARRISON underwent a cocaine withdrawal treatment there in 1987.
 

A stunt double replaces DAVID SHEINKOPF in the particularly dangerous scenes on the ledge of the roof of Sharpe Capital Ventures.

 
License plate number of the second police patrol car arriving at the Sharpe Capital Ventures building: 8933150.
 
The shoulder patch on the uniform of Lieutenant Thayne from the fire department reads "Marina Cities Fire Department" along with a stylized Golden Gate Bridge. - One more hint Sharpe's office is somewhere around the San Francisco Bay; but it is still not made clear if in San Francisco, Sausalito or maybe even in Oakland.
 
Another horribly bad script: It is completely strange Lieutenant Thayne does not seem to know Richard Channing although he is such a prominent figure.
 
Real life allusion: Sharpe mentions JOHN WAYNE.
 
Season time frame:
A few days or weeks might have gone by before the plot of this episode begins.
The hints about Danny's age become more and more confusing (also compare # 222). On day 1, Danny speaks of "19 years" as his whole life. On day 2, however, he speaks of a "blood test 20 years ago" - # 224 revealed that test was done after Danny was born.
 
 
# 227 <9.22> Home Again
 
Mistake: In the scene in Sharpe's office, the close-ups and wide angle shots of Angela and Sharpe are from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent when Angela's hands are in different positions in subsequent frames.
Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
Vineyardist Phil Lentino from Lentino Vineyards (originally called Phil Pastorini from Pastorini Vineyards in early script drafts) claims to be the biggest and best grower in the Tuscany Valley. His grapes are $ 200,000 this year. - Is this a joke, or has this episode's writer really no idea of the show's history? The Agretti harvest seems to be forgotten?!
 
Danny mentions the ABC sitcom "Ozzie and Harriet".
 
Richard wants to build another extension to the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion (again). - Typical author's negligence: BOB COCHRAN seems to have forgotten the mansion is not Richard's, but Angela's.
 
Tom Sharff is the Falcon Crest distributor in California. - The worse the scripts are, the more mysterious the distribution companies become (also compare # 208 for this problem).
 
The extension number of Richard's phone at the Falcon Crest Winery is 2728.
 
Illogical: Why does Richard not manage to get along with his work at Falcon Crest? He obviously had much more to do in the past when he was running Channing Enterprises, an international media group. - Another ridiculous script!
The way DAVID SELBY plays the scene on the phones is all Richard again.
 

Product placement: Richard brings Lauren a bottle of Perrier-Jouët (Fleur de Champagne).

 
Lauren's favorite ice cream is macadamia fudge.
 
Richard borrows three movies starring CARY GRANT from a video library.
 

The playground at the park (scene with Richard and Lauren) is the small park on the CBS-MTM backlot again (compare especially # 135).

 
Mistake: When the contracts are signed in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion dining room, the close-ups and wide angle shots are from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent when Richard first leans back in his chair in the close-up, but leans on the table in the subsequent frame.
Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
Season time frame:
This episode opens a few days after the end of # 226, as it can be concluded from Angela's conversation with Sharpe on day 1 (about Danny's threat to commit suicide).
On day 4 of the current episode, Angela tells the family the news about Emma's baby, a daughter named Angela. Provided she was born after a regular pregnancy term and giving respect to the point of time when Emma became pregnant (mid-October 1989; compare # 214), it must be around mid-July 1990 now. - It remains a mystery, however, how such a long period of time went by since March 1990, the last more or less reliable point of time to be concluded from # 222 (see there). One possibility, however, might be that the baby was born prematurely, making it May or June 1990 now. Also some unseen period of time might have gone by right before Richard and Lauren's wedding at the end of the episode.
 
The suggestion to create a montage of visuals in slow motion for the finale of the episode (and the series) comes from director REZA BADIYI.
The original draft of the script did not contain any dialog during the wedding scene. Father Bob's words are written by FATHER BOB CURTIS himself.
 
As Richard and Lauren are married by Father Bob whereas Richard and Maggie were married by judge Pat Ambrose, it can be concluded that a marriage blessed by the church was not possible for Richard and Maggie because he was still married to Stephanie Hoffman from the Roman-Catholic perspective. This also indicates that Stephanie must have died in the meantime - otherwise, this problem would have also prevented a church wedding of Richard and Lauren.
 
When Lauren walks down the aisle, RICHARD WAGNER's "Bridal Chorus" from "Lohengrin" is played.
After Lauren and Richard's exchanging the wedding vows, FELIX MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY's wedding march from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is played.
Both pieces are performed by PATRICK O'HEARN in a synthesizer version.
 
Editing mistake: In the wedding scene, Richard grabs at Michael to hug him in one moment, but he hugs Kevin in the subsequent frame. - A part of the scene is missing.
 
Mistake: Angela has a look over the veranda of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion and the driveway during her soliloquy. For that purpose, a 1987 clip was reused, which was actually filmed for # 156 where, however, only a shorter part of this clip was used. - Inconsistency: As the driveway is supposed to have changed, as seen quite often this season (compare # 209), this part from Angela's point of view rather should have been filmed on the new exterior set of the mansion.
 
The aerial view of these vineyards during Angela's soliloquy is from Stolpman Vineyards on Ballard Canyon Road in Solvang, CA. The footage comes from filming this season's end credits. It features the northern part of the vineyard (filmed in northeastern direction), which was already used in segments 3, 2 and 5 of the end credits (see # 206). The footage in this episode is a continuation of the same helicopter flight, just a little more to the west. The way it is presented here is a reverse playback of that section of the flight though.
 
Angela's soliloquy is written by JANE WYMAN herself - the idea of at least mentioning all the important people from the past is an appropriate way to finish the program and a little compensation for this disastrous final season:

"Grandfather, how long has it been since you came to the valley and planted your first vine from Italy? I remember how you used to hold me on the saddle, riding through the fields and teaching me about the land and the vineyards and how precious they are together. Seems like only yesterday.
I think of all the people who've passed through these vineyards. There's Chase, Maggie, Cole, Vickie, and that feisty Melissa Agretti. And Erickson, killed in the plane crash that almost killed all of us. But I was spared to carry on your heritage.
Julia is safe and happy in the convent, and Emma and Frank will both be coming home soon. Oh, and Stavros. Oh, it was tempting, Grandfather, but in the end you knew I couldn't follow him and live in Greece, I couldn't leave Falcon Crest.
Training Lance to take over has been a challenge, but I think he's coming around, and for the first time I think Richard and I are beginning to understand each other.
Meanwhile, I'm going to do everything I can to keep the vineyards and the winery the jewel of the valley, just as you always dreamed they would be.
Yes, the past has its place, but I'll keep looking to the future. After all, there's a wedding today. Children are playing, more children are on the way... and of course the land. Always the land. People come and go, but the land endures.
I toast to you, Falcon Crest, and long may you live."

Cast & crew background: Angie's soliloquy is also JANE WYMAN's special tribute to the show's creator and executive producer for the first five seasons, EARL HAMNER, because the lines are reminiscent of EARL's concluding narration in the "Founder's Day" episode of "The Waltons".
 
Before the writers came to realize that CBS would definitely cancel the series, they planned to have a seasonal cliffhanger in order to lay the groundwork for a tenth season. Their plans included the following ideas:
  • The question might arise if Pilar's baby is really Lance's or possibly Jovan's.
  • Falcon Crest was still supposed to belong to Michael Sharpe, who had plans to pave it over to turn it into an industrial park. Angela's attempts to get the property back with the help of her family were supposed to be supported by Sydney. Angela and Sydney were to come up with a plan to publicly destroy Michael Sharpe - at the wedding of Sydney and Danny. While Danny was supposed to really love Sydney and have turned against Sharpe, Sydney was supposed to marry him out of convenience only. Although Danny was to know she is not in love with him, he was to agree to the wedding. The ceremony was to be Sharpe's final victory, however as Angela's plan was supposed to backfire. The writers' ideas called for final scenes in the style of "The Godfather" movie where Sharpe was to orchestrate the demise of all of his enemies during the sacred event of the wedding. He was supposed to destroy them all - to quote the season 9 bible, "whether financially, emotionally, or physically - leaving all of our 'Falcon Crest' characters to pick up the pieces of their lives next season."